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Los Flagelantes

Alvaro Cabana & Fargo Devianti

Darkroom Dubs
DRD082D | 2022-12-09  
Prowling into club season with intent, Darkroom Dubs usher in the long nights with this powerful two-tracker from Alvaro Cabana & Fargo Devianti. Please welcome ‘Los Flagelantes'.

Madrid meets Guadalajara on a mission of deep, pulsating 3 am funk. This transatlantic link-up has been brewing since Rotten City bossman Alvaro signed rising talent Fargo’s ‘Storm In A Teacup' EP with Vongold last year. A tense lesson in stark late-night electronica, the release follows a selection of resounding outings from Fargo on Hard Fist, leading to these two dark disco dispatches, ‘Flagelantes' and ‘Tacha'.

Two sides to a unique sonic story, both cuts come with their own deep inspirations and conceptual ideas. ‘Flagelantes' takes us back to the medieval foundations when a fanatical underground sect sought penance with pain. Los Flagelantes were a strict disciplinarian brotherhood that would welcome whipping to resolve their sins. Seven hundred years later, the only flagellation required now is to whip your dancefloor into shape, and with its stalking nature and stark peaks and troughs, this will most certainly do that.

‘Tacha' follows suit with a much more chaotic dynamic. A hearty nod to the post-punk, dark wave 80s sound, especially the influential Parálisis Permanente. They soundtracked the winds of change during the Movida Madrileña counter-culture in post-Franco Madrid. There's a hazy, woozy, cosmic fuzz sizzling palpably over the swaggering bass guitar and rolling, relentless kicks. It's real heady, shoe-gaze material. If ‘Flagelentes’ whips dancefloors into shape, 'Tacha' hypnotises them into submission.

Two wholly different techniques and concepts, but the same result: complete dancefloor escapism. Just how Darkrooms Dubs like it. Stay tuned.

Mastered by Conor Dalton at Glowcast Audio.
Art & Design by Elena Galkina.

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