So as pointed out in the Criaturas post, I’ve been working on and am now presenting an all-Spanish mix. And I tried to keep it authentic, keeping pesky Catalan and Galician––and of course others nearby like Basque and Portuguese––out of the proverbial and literal mix. How well I succeeded in that can be argued; artists like multi-lingual Manu Chao and Canary Islands-born but Barcelona-based El Guincho ride a wide line I’m not hip-with-it enough to define. The rest though, I’m fairly sure, are decent representatives of the Spanish language.
Lucky for us, Spaniards were great at running amuck for hundreds of years on foreign soil, and confident enough in their language (as opposed to, say, wall-building) to thoroughly oppress however many native tongues they did through South and Central America. This means bands here hail from such exotic locales as Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Uruguay, France, the United States, and of course many locations across diverse Spain. On notable exception is Japan, wherein resides Corrupted, who I have now left out of enough mixes to not need further description.
I’ve also left off two other enjoyable bands at opposite extremes, Arse Moreira and Aias. Aias was featured on my Best of 2010 mix, but falls to far into the fiercely-Catalan category for consideration here. And Arse Moreira, while from Mexico City and appropriately Spanish-speaking, recorded with terrible quality so I’d rather you just look them up and listen separately, and not after big-production MIS tracks.
As far as what is on the mix, it first needs to be noted that the Helado Negro track came from Thrill Jockey’s Benefit for the Recovery in Japan double-disc download which should, for every reason imaginable, be purchased. Other notable tracks are those from Texas’ Deskonocidos and Spain’s Montañas. With those tracks as beacons, the mix ranges from crust/hardcore to folk punk to electro-tango to psychedelic to screamo. All over the map.
If you’d like more music sung in Spanish, some notable blogs and record labels to check out would be: club fonograma, For Ex-Lovers Only, Nacional Records, Escucha! Records, Elementary Revolt‘s Spanish contributor, and some others I have bookmarked somewhere but am overlooking now.
- Desesperanza – Cagón Como Tus Viejos
- Guadalupe Plata – Cementerio
- Mexico Institute Of Sound – El Microfono
- Diego Carrasco – Asereje
- Montañas – Transcantábrico
- Ekkaia – El Ultimo Aliento
- Heads And Heads – 5 Dedos 1 Puño
- XYX – Neptunia
- El Guincho – Muerte Midi
- Manu Chao – Tristeza Maleza
- Gotan Project – La Vigüela
- Devendra Banhart – Cada Casa Que Crece
- Los Dug Dug’s – Voy Hacia El Cielo (Voy Hacia El Sol)
- Ovni 87 – Sueño Un Camino
- Union 13 – Los Tiempos Atrás
- Davila 666 – Mala
- Deskonocidos – En La Obscuridad
- Maladie – Manos Estrechas
- Hablan Por La Espalda – El Gran Traidor
- Arde Hollywood – Ningun Desierto
- Botafogo – Slide Blues
- Ararat – Ganar-Perder
- Helado Negro – Cabeza Bella
- Ostende – Siempre Cavando Mi Tumba
- Sin Orden – Protegete