They could be an obscure band from any compilation of musical rescue in time as Soul Jazz Records has got us used to so well. But fortunately Pelada definitely belong in the here and now – with all that sense of urgency that the moment brings. Chris Vargas and Tobias Rochman are the Canadian duo with global characteristics, in essence and in style, that knows no borders to art as a reflection of reality.
They bring an indelible punk mentality, without prophecies or theories. They take issues related to the female condition and the monster of capital (and other metaphorical crows that fly over our society) as fuel. In tune with this time, they sign for the Latin voice of Vargas and the abrasive electronics of Rochman, genuine garage bangers. The ironic confrontation in the combination of these elements makes them an irresistible force.
<em>Movimento Para Cambio</em> was a bullet in 2019, coming with the seal of PAN, this larger house that in the past has offered us fixtures such as Yves Tumor, Arca or Eartheater. A record full of effervescent ideas and mundane chronicles, we listen to Chicago acid house flirting with exploratory reggaeton or a more visceral Afro beat. A treatise on hedonism, yes, but – in an apparently antagonistic way – also on political consciousness. There seems to be no time to waste in the Peladas for unnecessary complexes. And this mere attitude is just what we need right now.
With incendiary passages in luxury shows like Primavera Sound and Mutek or urban temples like Berghain, Pelada brings this furious, sensual, intelligent and primal revolution to the stage. Another unprecedented concert to make the walls sweat, where everything is allowed except apathy. AT
King Kami is the artistic name of Kamila Ferreira, a Brazilian DJ who lives in Lisbon. Her musical career began in 2015 with the duo CARAVAGYO, founding NOITE MEDUSA. Since 2018 she is also Pedro Mafama’s DJ. He has already played in venues such as Maus Habitos, Musicbox, B.leza, Copenhagen, among others. With her own research and musical selection, without shame or language, the DJ mainly mixes rhythms from the Brazilian Northeast such as Brega Funk and Brazilian Funk, having always followed the evolution of these rhythms, and being always attentive to the rhythms of the future.