“In Zundel’s electronic music and in this song “Señor Montecostes” you can hear the sounds of South America but also the sounds of Africa in the cumbia dance rhythms, the sounds of Detroit and some dubstep.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music
“ZZK is the first label to push the sound of Argentina from the villa (ghettos) to the uptown. ZZK is a big part in bringing this to the attention of the people.” – Diplo
Mati Zundel’s is the first proper album release since Waxploitation (Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, The Causes Compilations) joined up with ZZK Records out of Buenos Aires. If you’re unfamiliar with ZZK and Mati, they’ve been pioneering a new type of experimental dance music that fuses everything from dancehall to dubstep with música tipica of South America. If you’re looking for a good background on what’s going on down in the Argentine experimental dance scene, DJ Rupture’s feature in Fader a few years back is a good place to start. And for more info on Mati, check out NPR’s piece where they named him one of the favorite new artists of 2011 (read HERE).
“Whether it’s making thousands of European ravers lose their shit at Roskilde, winning over tents of sunburned Americans at Coachella, or inspiring Argentines to dance to something besides endless drum and bass, the artists of Zizek have gone from their own tropical new-school cumbia club night in Buenos Aires to stages all over the world.” – Blackbook
“There’s really nothing like ZZK Records anywhere in the world: the avant Argentinian label releases experimental, digital cumbias and other unique interpretations traditional Latin genres; acts as a family, collective and nightclub in Buenos Aires; and, of course, travels the globe.”
Buenos Aires’ ZZK Records officially signed on with Waxploitation here in the U.S., and to celebrate the partnership, the labels have released an compilation of all the label’s artists for free via Soundcloud. You can hear it HERE. If you’re not familiar with ZZK, they’re the label that’s leading the experimental electronic music scene in South America, mixing disparate genres like grime and dance with cumbia and other influences. You can read Fader’s feature on the scene here for some background.
The labels will be jointly releasing the Argentinian label’s catalog, which includes Temor, Frikstailers, Chancha via Circuito, and more. Waxploitation/ZZK will be putting out the debut Super Guachin EP, Piratas y Fichines, today, followed by Fauna’s full length album Manshines on January 10th, as well as Mati Zundel’s debut album Amazonico Gravitante on March 27th. If you’re not familiar with Waxploitation, it’s the label/management company that brought up Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, and Broken Bells, as well as the Causescompilations.