Mika Martini is the creator, founder, editor, and for sure a lot of more things of the Chilean netlabel Pueblo Nuevo [it means New People and New Town too]. I found Pueblo Nuevo a couple of years ago, and quickly became one of my favorite music sites and labels, they like sharing, and they have a very nice taste to select the music they support. I invited Mika to do a playlist for us and he sent me this selection, that’s been waiting for a couple of months for the right time to come out, and I’m happy that now is the time, because I’ve been feeling pretty selfish enjoying it just by myself. Mika is sharing with us a very cool collection of beats, and it’s cool too that we can download them for free from pueblonuevo.cl, all these songs, and the albums that contain these songs. No more intro. Enjoy Mika’s playlist, and start to download the music published by Pueblo Nuevo on their site.
Pueblo Nuevo (New People) is a Chilean Netlabel born on 2005. During these six years of life we have produced already sixty-nine albums to download for free online, and over ten physical albums (Cds and DVDs). Pueblo Nuevo has become a reference for net-audio in Chile, in South America, and wherever we meet new collaborators and followers.
When Layabozi invited us to select ten songs of our catalog I took it as an opportunity to thank and enhance ten of the more than one-hundred artists that have collaborated with our project. These artists have been important participants of Pueblo Nuevo. I have had the honor to be the director of this dysfunctional and anti-systemic project, then for me it’s not easy to apply an objective criteria to enhance one track over another, the work of one composer over the work of another, each of the releases we have edited have an artistic-musical merit, its own story, and it has contribute to the collective’s project. That’s why I chose based on the people, as almost always.
But this musical panoramic is also thought to travel our catalog sonorously and historically, from the first album to the newest, and also to discover the vast stylistic richness of our catalog, you will listen to music from minimal electronic, electroacoustic or experimental, to neo-folkloric hymns, and electro-ethnic fusions.
I want to invite you to deep surf into the pages of www.pueblonuevo.cl and discover the music housed in it, you will find interesting works, lots of committed artists, historic works, and more than one unexpected surprise.
01. Djef – “Ravel” (2005) from the album Soft White ep [pn002] — This song on Pueblo Nuevo Site.
Daniel Jeffs, aka Djef, and I founded Pueblo Nuevo in June of 2005. We never imagined that after six years that decission would have become so important for us. I can tell thousands of adventures about our work together, among them are the outstanding “demo sessions” (long meetings listening to all the material that we were receiving), the annual anniversary festivals (long concerts featuring many artists), the trips to go to play around Chile, the many concerts we’ve produced, the agreements, and the disagreements, etc. etc. We have tried to “Resist and Stay”, trying to be faithful to our original idea, fighting to keep the project sustainable, investing an immesurable amount of hours working together. Daniel mastering, and I designing. We are tired, true, but I think what we’ve done will remain as a small contribution in the history of Chilean music, and we, Daniel and me, and every person that has collaborated with Pueblo Nuevo is happier because of this.
Daniel is an important contributor to Pueblo Nuevo, not only on the creation and management of it, but also as producer, he has edited four solo albums, and a big lot of remixes and collaborations. For all of this, and as a symbolic opening to this musical travel, I chose this track, “Ravel”, from his second album Soft White EP. This track shows Daniel’s musical beginnings, where downtempos, rhythyms, and minimal melodies, pass by landscapes full of glitches and digital errors, and by dreamy polyrhythmic spaces.
2. Sokio: “El Pueblo” (2006) – from the album Pueblo Nuevo Primer Aniversario [pn010] — This song on Pueblo Nuevo site.
Mauricio Dias, aka Sokio, is musician and producer, he has participated in bands of punk, rock, and electronic music, he has compose music from pop to operas. Sokio came to Pueblo Nuevo on 2006, recommended by Freddy Musri (another artist starting our catalog), who told us about this person that did an electronic version of the popular classic Chilean song “El Pueblo Unido” (People United) of Sergio Ortega and Quilapayun, we thought this was an emblematic concept to strengthen our idea to be a label with an opinion, and directed to rescue and re-interpret Chilean sounds. This track “El Pueblo” (The People) presents the verses of Ortega robotized and on a powerful rhythmic base, the first time it was published was on the first year celebratory album Pueblo Nuevo Primer Aniversario (First Anniversary New People), an album containing six Cds, full of diverse music, with collaborations of Chilean and foreign friends.
Later on Sokio published a new version of this theme in his album Columbia (pncd002), but including the voice of Carlos Cabezas, the ex leader of the electronic Chilean band Electrodomesticos, with that album he also launched his own new record label Ponk. Mauricio is always in the legitimate search to position himslef in the music industry searching for a hit that will elevate him to where he should be because of his effort and dedication, in his adventure, he has always invited Pueblo Nuevo to all the oportunities and events he has been introduced to.
03. Mika Martini: “Matorrales” (2007) – from the album “Mestizo” [pn014] – This song on Pueblo Nuevo site.
I’m a professional designer, and a musician out of office hours. During the beginnings of 2004 I started my solo musical project under the alias Mika Martini, with the firm objective of rescuing and mixing sounds of the etnic cultural heritage with abstract elements linked to technics of microsampling and the minimal trend.
From my beginnings I bring out “Matorrales” (Bushes) edited in 2007 on Mestizo, my first album, an extense run built around samples of accoustic guitar by Felipe Cadenasso, member of the Chilean rock band Matorral, accompanied with sounds of panpipes, ocarina, and other traditional wind sounds from the North of Chile’s folklore. Mestizo is an album that brought me a lof of satistactions, its most known track “Whyno?” has been published phisically in many editions produced in Chile, in Mexico, and in Spain.
After this “danceable” musical stage, I have developed parallel works closer to experimental music, and electronic improvisation, with the duo I have with Daniel Jeffs, Chiste (Joke), and with my new project Frank Benkho. For both projects I have left behind the use of computers as instruments, but that’s other story…
04. Federico Schumacher: “Estrellas Compactas” (2003) – from the album [in]disciplina [pndvd01] – This song on Pueblo Nuevo site.
Federico Schumacher is composer and researcher, tied to electroaccoustic music and acousmatic. We met Federico around 2004 when he came to guide a workshop on “Spatialization” for the International Festival of Electroaccoustic Music Ai-Maako. Since then he became an important part of Pueblo Nuevo biography. He was one of the instigators of the meeting and collaboration of “academic” and “informal” musicians when he produced the “TallerElectro” (ElectroWorkshop), Daniel Jeffs and I participated there before founding Pueblo Nuevo. It was a happy encounter of “popular” and “well versed” music, which has been shown also in the catalog we have developed, and it’s part of his legacy too: his vision to propose the edition of a real “Collection of Electroaccoustic Chilean Music”, including works by Gustavo Becerra, and Jose Vicente Asuar, among many other composers, which without doubts, turned into a chapter that makes us proud, and that has brought us a lot of local and foreign recognition.
I bring now his song “Estrellas Compactas” (Compact Stars) from his multichanel audio DVD of 2007 [in]disciplina ([in]discipline), here you can notice clearly his passion, even obsession, for sound and its management, this is the material used by Federico to create true audible sculptures starting by domestic objects, but always surprising. For this song, it was the rubbing of a flexible tube of a vacuum cleaner.
05. Lluvia Acida: “Mártires del Trabajo” (2007) – from the album “La Idea – Canto a la Federación Obrera de Magallanes” [pn023] – This song on Pueblo Nuevo site.
Lluvia Acida (Acid Rain) is a duo of electronic music from Punta Arenas, a city in very South of Chile, the two members are Hector Aguilar and Rafael Cheuquelaf. They have been together already for fifteen years, and in this time they became a musical referent for their loved region of Magallanes, and for everyone who’s involved in electronic music in Chile. To me, personally, they are my true brothers in our musical path, adventure partners, producers of some of the brightest and most consequent works recorded by Pueblo Nuevo, among them the amazing album Kuluana, and of course, La Idea – Canto a la Federación Obrera de Magallanes (The Idea – Song to the Work Federation of Magallanes). From this last one, I bring the track “Mártires del Trabajo” (Martirs of Work), a true hymn of fight and resistence.
With a martial rhythym and a mix of accoustic and electronic elements, the lyrics of “Mártires del Trabajo” tells the sad but heroic story of the birth of this Federation in Magallanes. Lluvia Avida represents faithfully the collaborative spirit, respect and mutual influence that we wanted to create and live in Pueblo Nuevo, with them we accomplish it, and with just this sample I can say that it has been worth the effort.
06. Pirata: “Día de Sol” – from the album Minimental [pn024] – This song on Pueblo Nuevo site.
A song by Antonio Diaz, aka Pirata, this one has to be part of this selection, he is from the city Vina del Mar, currently he lives in the South of Chile. Antonio is a great musician, his talent is as big as his humility, simplicity, and humanity. Like many of us, shut away in a room with a laptop, some speakers, and some few softwares, Pirata composed and gave an album to Pueblo Nuevo’s catalog of 2007, the album was titled Minimental, one year later this piece won the international prize “Qwartz Electronic Music Awards 2009” for Best New Artist, the organization took him to Paris to receive there his award.
In “Día de Sol” (Sunny Day) we can discover the pleasure of let go by arpeggios and sounds that appear and dissapear, with a melody always present, a trip to tranquility, and to the pleasure of life away from the city. Great Pirata!
07. Equipo: “Tibieza Crítica” (2009) – from the album “Synco Soundtrack – Hasta la victoria siempre” [pn043] – This song on Pueblo Nuevo site.
Juan Cristóbal Saavedra, aka Equipo (it means: Team, Equipment, Hi-Fi Soundsystem), is a musician that experiments with electronic resources and edit albums with a constant rhythym since 2004. He is living in Europe since over ten years ago, first he lived in Germany and now in Barcelona. Juan Cristóbal contacted us by email to offer his contribution to our catalog of 2006, then he became the first musician living in foreign coutries that published an album with us. A worker of electronic music, with pragmatic and precise ideas, in Juan Cristobal I simbolize a group of collegues that have chosen to live outside of Chile to produce their dreams, with them we have also been able to materialize some of my own dreams too, like the adventure that it was to go to play to Europe during 2010 with Fiat600 (Miguel Conejeros) and Lars from Mars (Lars Graugaard) and Equipo himself.
From his four-cd album Synco Soundtrack – Hasta la victoria siempre (Synco Soundtrack – Always Until Victory) this is the first musical work based in a Chilean novel, I bring out “Tibieza Critica” (Critical Warmth) as a good representant of this interesting project, that made us got forty musicians together around the retrofuturism of this novel by Jorge Baradit.
08. Materia Prima: “Procesión Remix” (2009) – from the album “Mestizo Retocado” [pn045] – This song on Pueblo Nuevo site.
Víctor Larraguibel, aka Materia Prima (Raw Material) is musician and inventor of sonic interfaces. Victor came to Pueblo Nuevo around 2006 to show us a musical instrument he created, “La Jaiba” (The crab) some kind of MPC or MIDI surface of percusion, with a shape similar to two opened hands. With this machine hooked in a cilinder of Gas for domestic use he bapthized his project as Materia Prima, producing vast and diverse samples of so many different kinds of rhythyms and polirhythyms, latin pitches, saturated basses, voices, speeches, mixed and remixed live. His extrovert and energetic character is reflected in his way to express himself, producing a strong impact on the audienced when he performs live. Victor is always moving, phisically and musically. We are just waitig for him to publish an album in Pueblo Nuevo, we are hoping he will finally select some of his many compositions. While, it will always be a pleasure to count with his power, energy, and positivism to promote the collborative spirit of the netlabel.
This track is from the album Mestizo Retocado (Mixed-blood retouched), in it the talent of Materia Prima flows fostering the rhythym and the melody, based on breaks and choked samples, with an electronic character, but also with the South American and etnic touch always in his style.
09. Dj Fracaso: “Destruir el imperio” (2011) – from the album ”Cadáver de Perro al Sol” [vg006] – This song on Pueblo Nuevo site.
Juan Chaparro, aka DJ Fracaso (DJ Failure) is a visual artis, a referent for underground Chilean electronic music, and an outsider. He is always with extreme ideas, with sonic explosions and punches, his work is a legacy of social critic that gives us back, or even throw on our faces, all the garbage that the Western cultural system has given us during the years of bombardment of television, shaped as audiovisual collages with high decibels. DJ Fracaso came to my office for the first time a couple years ago, with some copies of his musical work, he just said “listen to them”. Since then we have worked constantly, making the most of his abilities as VJ in many concerts, and with his disposition to collaborate unselfishly in many ways, from doorman to stage manager too. And besides this, with DJ Fracaso we are now working on the visuals for my new project Frank Benkho, the challenge there is to produce music and visual without computers, we are producing some surprising things.
From his collection of videos Cadáver de Perro al Sol [vg006] (Dead Dog by the Sun), I selected “Destruir el Imperio” (To Destroy the Empire), an agressive piece, where thrash and death metal samples are speed up to a frantic pulse accompanied by images corroded, wore out by the many times they passed by the heads of old VHS players.
10. Gerardo Figueroa Rodríguez (GFR): “Re-(Gue-Te)-Nacimiento” (2007) – from the album ”Samsin Lai Dat” [pn069] — This song on Pueblo Nuevo site.
Gerardo Figueroa is part of Pueblo Nuevo’s central committee since its beginnings, our founding manifesto is the result of his literary writing skill and his well comprehension. Gerardo, English teacher and sonic artist, took almost three years to publish his first work Samsin Lai Dat [pn069] – in Spanish it sounds like “Something Like That”-, which it’s a small sample of his multiple artistic interests, always disconcerting with a touch of humour that light us up.
From this reference I chose “Re-(Gue-Te)-Nacimiento” (Re-birth), a piece that starts with some soft clicks sorrounded with silence, and that ends in a turmoil of hand-made, digitally cut and repetead, latin rhythyms. With Gerardo we share the pleasure to produce a little radio show “Pueblo Nuevo en Conexión Social” (New People in Social Connection), where we experiment and research in-situ the posibilities behind radio broadcasting, always experimenting but commited to themes that we are interesting on promoting and show, like the conflicts due to copy rights, the netlabels world, the social movements shown on artistic manifestations, among others.