pretochines (roughly translatable as “blackchinese”) was raised between the harshness of the roughest parts of Luanda, Angola, the tropical storms of Campinas, Brazil and the picturesqueness of Cacém, Portugal. No wonder his music sounds like he’s trying to find a place of his own.
LOVV KEY is pretochines debut EP on Monster Jinx, and it comes with a new category of his own: this is Future Zen music. Throughout the record, you’ll find hints of Boom Bap and Trap, Cloud and Chill, Baile Funk and Bass Music but you’ll never really find any of those. Not totally. And that is no accident. That’s craft.
pretochines builds music down, not up. Like a sculptor carving out of a big amalgamation of…pretty much everything. Witness his fixings. Enter his Zen.
What if video games were our oxygen?
Since we are at it, let’s imagine that the essence that inhabits all video games is actually a breathable substance and that when we exhale it, all types of beats come out. Living, moving digital breathable play-things that produce sound. Surely, we’d learn to manipulate it and come up with unique rhythms, songs and what-not. Just like we do smoke-rings in real life. Just way, way more drugged-out anime.
And that’s EXACTLY what “GAME FLIPS”, Ghost Wavvves’ newest EP, sounds like. May the actual world take it in. Timely it is, as this young producer has just been selected to represent Portugal in this year’s Red Bull Music Academy, taking place in Paris, and will surely share it with the other representatives from all around the globe.
Inhale it deep and don’t forget to get familiar with the myriad of characters that collaborated to bring “GAME FLIPS” to life, too (for which you’ll have to check the CREDITS and that was just our writer trying to fit in a play on words with video game credits and well you get the idea).
Each place in the known world has a soundscape of its own. But what about the places once known and now forgotten? While it’s interesting to ask what did they sound like before, it’s far more compelling to ask how do they sound now.
What will multiple layers of erosion, abandonment, aging, ghost-invasion and myth do to a place? What rests now in these wastelands? Which bells do they ring within us?
Well, you already know Roger Plexico has been around the world. But what he’s been keeping to himself is how fascinated by these forsaken corners he’s always been.
Remember how you used to dare your friends to go wander the cemetery at midnight? Roger Plexico does that to himself and keeps a way broader definition of “cemetery”.
“No Man’s Land” is an EP collecting tracks inspired by theses ungodly, unkept, unstable pieces of land. Capturing the crackle of its bones, the drumming of its phantoms and the thumping of its demons, he composed odes to these monuments of banished memory.
Take a deep listen. Maybe just not in the dark.