Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

The Nu LatAm Sound

Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

The Nu LatAm Sound

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The Nu LatAm Sound

Dancing in the Sun with Animal Chuki

inside underground Peruvian disco- thèques, a duo known as Animal Chuki forms part of that sound inherent to the Latin American flavor and groove that they carry in their blood. In a hot room filled with rhythmic music that sweats clean and crisp jungle water, a thick at- mosphere is enjoyed by a transnational youth that smokes porritos (herb) and dances. Later in the night, they walk out into the urban streets to eat anticuchos, heart of cattle, seasoned with special fla- vors, and drink chicha morada, a rich punch made from purple corn. Grant C. Dull, aka El G, has been developing this Nu LatAm Sound at ZZK Records in neighboring Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the past five years.

When understanding the Nu LatAm Sound, El G believes "It is essential to look at what's going on in modern-day Peru. Undergoing a sort of digital renais- sance, the country's rich tradition of cumbias and folklore are being trans- formed by the newer generations with all the splendor and psychedelia that made Peru a focal point of new sounds in [the] 60s, 70s and 80s."

Andrea Campos was inspired on bus rides from her home in San Isidro to the Universidad de Lima. Campos says, "A nanny in my house influenced me into listening to Peruvian music like Pin- tura Roja and Anita Santibañes. As I got older, I jumped to electronic music by Diplo and Daft Punk. Through Ani- mal Chuki, I am trying to relay a spiri- tual message through this combination." Upon graduating with a degree in com- munications, Campos began to work by day at an advertising agency, DDB/ Fahrenheit, and at night she developed the second half of Animal Chuki. Now, at age 23, Campos develops the integrated graphics of the duo and helps to explore the cocktail of folk and electronic dance music that has become the signature sound of the band.

Daniel Valle-Riestra, also 23, works in sound design for all types of audio- visual projects from his home in La Molina miles from the city. A mellow but focused musician, Valle-Riestra devel- oped a following on SoundCloud and was asked by El G to produce a remix for the Argentine artist, La Yegros. Valle- Riestra says, "I am constantly searching for methods to make my living through my passion for music. Since working in office environments has not allowed me to grow as a person, I try to dedicate all my time and energy to music. When I heard La Yegros' voice, I knew I wanted to join this effort."

Remix: https://soundcloud.com/animal- chuki/viene-de-mi-animal-chuki-remix

El G, a dandy and bon vivant, met with the group in Lima recently to dis- cuss their future. …

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