Revision by Coro Qom Chelaalapi Meets Lagartijeando
“…atmospheric grooves and towering beats fused with hand-me-down tales of conquistadors, traditions and fables.”
Sounds & Colours
“a cultural and ancestral journey through sounds and rhythms…”
DJ Mag Latin America
Lagartijeando has been back in the studio to record a very special EP with the choir from an indigenous tribe called Coro Qom Chelaalapi. The choir formed as a means of passing down their culture to future generations in the absence of any formal records. They have been declared a living cultural heritage by UNESCO.
Blending traditional songs with brooding beats and big grooves, the Revisión EP is a unique and special collaboration exploring the tribe’s rich musical heritage with contemporary production.
The original songs have a mythology and their bespoke instruments have deep significances. For example the nivike is a single string violin (representing the sounds made by a jaguar sharpening its claws on a tree trunk) and was used as a form of communication to contact loved ones or to find love amongst the mountain dwellers.
‘Antiguos Dueños De Las Flechas’ (Ancient Owner Of Arrows); the dark brooding bass and haunting vocals tell the sad story of the Spanish conquistadores destroying local tribes’ agriculture & way of life.
On ‘Lapacho’ Lagartijeando lays down a big groove to accompany the choirs’ infectious vocals. It is about a tree that when in bloom signifies the start of marriage season.
‘Zorro Zagas’ is about a fictitious character who takes advantage of other people. A rambling beat and the playful nivike are a reminder to the young not to take advantage of their fellow tribesmen.
The Intiche remix gives ‘Antiguos Dueños De Las Flechas’ a minimal, bass heavy make-over that wouldn’t be out of place on the Drive movie soundtrack. Klik & Frik have produced a down-tempo dreamscape around the choirs’ vocals and Ohxala switches things up on’Zorro Zagas’ and turns it into a deep house stomper.
released November 16, 2018