Pedro LaDroga - "≈KE KIERE ASE /KE KIE/≈ "

The prolific Sevilla MC/producer with a penchant for breathing new life to previous works, seeking to make them as eternal as possible, delivers a sonic and visual triptych in “≈KE KIERE ASE /KE KIE/≈.” LaDroga initially invites us to climb aboard his Window 95 interstellar vessel and venture outdoors into the confines of the digital realm. The strayed remix of "Acostumbrao a sufrir" accompanying the takeoff suggests contemplation and escapism. Then, “Ke Kiere Ase”, structured around the legendary Zappa’s slow seven-note motif, creates the space for poetic and timeless gaze through which we discover Cerro del Hierro and San Nicolas del Puerto, Sevilla. Footage of water flowing like LaDroga’s very thoughts are paired to the phrase “Ke kiere ase” and recited repeatedly, revealing that he would do everything and anything with and for that coveted somebody. The journey ends with him “fumando bajo cataratas”, using a cut from the très à propos Catarata” (produced by $kyhook) off of SKYDRVG 1.0. Playing on the  trialectic of being, doing and becoming, LaDroga turns a pot-fueled venture into something mystical, almost sacred. 

Matias Aguayo - El Rudo del House

Matias Aguayo, our favorite Chilean-born/European-based artist outside of Alexis Sanchez, returns from years of hibernation with the rousing “El Rudo del House.” It’s a welcome return to form for Aguayo and his Comemé label, which hasn’t had a massive run since Rebolledo's outstanding debut LP back in 2011. "El Rudo del House” is a frenetic and loose number that isn’t too far removed from The Visitor, Aguayo’s underrated 2013 album. However, the lack of vocals indicates that Aguayo is moving away from the pop songwriting of his last two LPs. Whatever happens, this latest single is proof that Aguayo still knows how to turn up a dance floor. That’s why he’s the label boss…

Lola Pistola - "Tu Pensabas"

After catching two raging AJ Dávila y Terror Amor shows as part of the Burger Records’ Caravan of the Stars tour last October, all I could think of for weeks was how fascinating it was to watch Lola Pistola sing while agilely playing tambourine (and especially after she swiftly beat back some drunk college kids lurking under her Qipao dress). There was just something unnerving and compelling about that Boricua Brooklynite with the 1960s’ bank robber moniker’s aura. 

“Tú Pensabas,” a lo-fi chaos of what I feel is what you get that emerged while recording Terror Amor, makes the journey through heartache weirdly enjoyable. Lola Pistola sounds ferociously confident, and AJ Dávila’s raw production (his signature echoing textures) gives the track a ruthless edge. Breakups are the worst. Yet, pain and desperation (and a rambling jam) has once again given rise to an honest and freakishly catchy number.

Video: Los Blenders - "Amigos"

After seeing them mix porn and surf, acid freak outs and boat rides, Los Blenders re-team with director Joey Muñoz for a more low-key and lo-fi clip in "Amigos." There's not much in the way of a treatment, daytime TV plus a trip to the beach make for some quality guy time, but it's a fitting look for a track that celebrates friendship (and/or cocaine). "Amigos" not only delivers Los Blenders' trademark scuzzy garage pop, but there's the added bonus from lyrics that give meaning to the phrase A poca barba, poca vergüenza pocos fucks given ("¿Cuántas llevo? No sé pero, bueno, dame otra"). That should be more than enough to hold us over until next month, when their long-awaited debut Chavos Bien is released via Barcelona label Tigre Discs.

Juan Wauters - Asi No Mas - Daytrotter Session

Juan Wauters is one of those few melodists who can combine simplicity, sensitivity and subtlety in each of his compositions. Yet this tinkerer of irresistible songs impresses with the richness of his texts that can both make you chuckle and choke up. On “Asi No Mas” Wauters exposes, in an uninhibited exploration of a popular expression and its phonetic and graphic ambiguity (¿así nomás o así no más?), his thoughts on life changes, inevitable moments of loneliness, and his desire to "poder estar bien sin qué pelear." The track, released earlier this year, is an charmingly catchy cut from a Daytrotter Session he recorded last November at Futureappletree (Rock Island, IL). Juan Wauters will be playing this song and many others at Festival Nrmal 2015.