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"Somehow it was an awakening for everyone”. PHOTOGRAPHY: Awake
"Somehow it was an awakening for everyone.” Art: Awake, Kermesse

Dissecting the tropical jungle style of Kermesse

The Argentinean duo continues to release animations for their latest down-tempo EP that is infused with South American tones.

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The Argentine duo of Pedro Perelman and Gonzalo Urtizberea that make up Kermesse continue to release animations for their latest EP, Awake, made by Perelman himself.

Slightly lysergic and visually excitable, they display a rave of psychedelic dance characters that perfectly accompany the album's other-wordly and calm rhythms.

The album was released November on the Turkish-German label, The Magic Movement, electronic label of Nicola Cruz, Luca Musto or Xique-Xique.

Beyond the surface, it is an extremely complex production that moves in several directions in the worlds of house, minimal and down-tempo music. 

Many artists that play with disco electronics and most groovy beats can easily play tropical sounds (Maruwá and Todd Terje to give examples) since one of the vectors of ambient electronics are remote trip and imprisonment to the heart of nature. The chill out and original house music of Ibiza already sounded slightly tropical.

And yet, the great merit of Kermesse in Awake is to broadcast the common areas that could be more or less performative of the musical genre as part of a musical legacy inscribed in them. The result is an eclectic and profoundly original sound despite playing with similar elements.

In "Chacarera del Tiempo," one of the five songs on the album, they reinterpret the mythical Argentine dance in a down-tempo key. Another is "Marimba," where they appropriate a very Latino percussion to new heights.

According to El Universo, it is an album that comes from quarantine, but it is hardly noticeable because the funk it evokes resembles the echoes of an empty dance hall. The title is, however, a reference to the world's predicament of the past year. 

"Somehow it was an awakening for everyone," they said.

Pedro and Gonzalo (Gurtz), both 41 years old, met in 2015 and thanks to the success of the new project they have been able to explore another passion of there's: traveling. They released two albums in previous years (Esperanza, Kermesse) and a lot of EPs (Sunday Glide, Bioma, Bohemia) and collaborations in dub remixes. From Tel Aviv to Barcelona and through Amsterdam, this duo are exporting a house tone capable of painting the South American sky.

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