Thursday December 6, 2018
Thu Dec 6, 2018
Rewind back to the start of the last decade when a teenage Loco Dice was a rapper and a Hip Hop Dj, playing support slots to Usher, Ice Cube, Jamiroquai, Snoop Dog and R. Kelly. The Tunisian Born Loco Dice soon became a very well known figure in his native German Hip Hop scene and as the scene exploded (becoming Germany's biggest musical genre, as it did right across the world) he did what any self respecting underground artist would: He switched to house music. But not any old house music: very sexy and very crowd pleasing House Music. Loco Dice is now signed to 420 Recordings in the UK, Superstar Records in Germany. His tribal, sweetly funky, bassline driven, dance floor friendly skills have given him a residency at last year's coolest club DC-10 and Germany's favorite venue, Dusseldorf's Tribehouse. He regularly tours America, both North and South, having played all the Spundae’s, all the Crobars, Creamfields and Pacha.His first release on 420 "Phat Dope Shit" has gone stellar, his remixes of Timo Maas's "Help Me" had a worldwide release. 2003 saw Dice release two new tracks released on Four:Twenty 'City lights' and 'Dynamite Love' and also had remixes of both Phat dope shit (Saeed) and City lights (Martin Buttrich) released all of which received fervent support from the underground dance press and radio. 2004 see's Dice with dates at Crobar (New York) and residencies at Tribehaus (Germany), Fever Versilia (Italy)& DC10 Circo Loco (Ibiza), and once again he will be continuing his constant touring of Europe. Dice has recently been in the studio and has recorded some of his best work to date, one of the tracks 'Cellar Door' can be first sampled at the 2004 Miami Winter Music Conference a soon to be released one sided white label on Four:Twenty and man you gotta check this shit out!
A classically-trained jazz virtuoso and national rock ‘n' roll hero in Argentina, Guti's double 12" pack for Desolat will leave you in no doubt of his ability to twist a snaking groove into something echoingly hypnotic. The tracks contained here are already a favourite in the record boxes of artists like Loco Dice, Seth Troxler and Marco Carola, while Guti's life story could itself be the subject of a story by Jorge Luis Borges: "I leave to several futures (not to all) my garden of forking paths."
Guti was born in an exceptionally musical, sprawling catholic family, which included orchestra directors, saxophone players and pianists. His grandfather and uncles emigrated from Russia after the war. His mother, an education consultant, is from Uruguay. On long hot summers in that neighbouring country, Guti would steal hours alone at the piano (first teaching himself how to play at the age of five) in a big house belonging to his uncle. Finally, some years?later, the family accepted that he could really play - and at the age of 12 a friend of his mother gave him his first jazz shock by challenging him to match Oscar Peterson's performance on the Night Train record.
During the rule of the El Proceso military junta, Guti's family fled to cities in Venezuela and Costa Rica: a story arching across Latin America, France and Russia. As a child he soaked up poems and novels by Borges and Vargas Llosa and his father would sing him Cuban songs. He is influenced by the folk music of Argentina, which he says is both incredibly intricate and perfectly simple.
Guti loves adventures - the spark of discovery seems to be a driving force for him. In 2009 he bounced between Berlin, Athens and Paris, making tracks as he went. Although he plans to move to Düsseldorf in 2010 to hunker down in the studio to concentrate on the Guti techno and house project, it's unlikely he'll leave behind the spirit of the Latin America he knows. "I love Buenos Aires. It's a huge city... a huge jungle. Really fast, really crazy, dirty, messy. But?really creative: amazing musicians. That happens with all the poor countries. We don't have money, so we play music. We write books." As a teen, after getting into blues he began hanging with successful Argentine rock bands like the Black and Blues, Ratones Paranoicos, Viejas Locas and Los Piojos. "We were jamming, and I discovered that energy." Before long, his own band Jovenes Pordioseros were playing to 10,000 people from Thursday through Saturday. But it's not in Guti's nature to stay locked in one mode of music. He made time to study salsa from a Cuban teacher on the side, as well as studying jazz under various teachers including internationally-renowned pianist Ernesto Jodos.
It was in the studio of Latin Grammy-nominated producer and friend Leandro Martinez that Guti began experimenting with making house beats and singing on top. And having grown up with music, it didn't take long before he was banging out several tracks a day without breaking a sweat. A heartbeat later, he'd landed a hit with Damian Schwarz on Frankfurt label Raum...Musik, and the tune was licensed by Loco Dice for his compilation The Lab. Guti passed a handful more tracks in Loco Dice's direction, and the die was cast. Guti's electronic career began to ignite. Just two years after his first live sets in Europe, Desolat is proud to present Guti's Las Cosas Que No Se Tocan. The beats follow Guti across continents: Mr Good Vibes was composed in a hotel room in Stuttgart after an argument with a friend, while the serious dancefloor vibes of Sasa, the Hustler and Leuuu were channelled in Martinez' studio. Leuuu and the Hustler feature slices of glamorous, haunting vocals by Jason Walker, a British singer that Guti discovered on Myspace.
And Sasa boasts Guti's own vocal touches. Meanwhile, the track Aguanile is inspired by one of his favourite melodies as a child, one that he's collected many versions of. The last track on the release, El Campeon, reaches a bittersweet ending in the wide open space between percussive trills and a cut-out refrain, inspired by Guti's favourite Latin storylines of "broken hearts and pain".
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Loco Dice presents Seran Bendecidos
Thursday December 6, 2018
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