Category: Mexicans with Guns

Salva's 'I'll Be Your Friend' and the Friends of Friends anniversary party

FoF_Final_web1 Amid the alphabet soup of labels distributed by Alpha Pup, Friends of Friends remains one of the most consistent. Run by Leeor Brown, the imprint hit the ground running with a well-established network, tapping Daedelus and Jogger for a split EP.

Founded when Brown was a publicist for many of the Low End Theory artists, it's been able to successfully carve out a niche within an increasingly crowded field. Over the course of the label's two-year existence, it has released a nearly a dozen records, including an album from rising bass music stars Mexicans with Guns and Berlin's Robot Koch.

Indeed, good taste, an ability to go outside the local talent pool, and an impressive Rolodex has set Friends of Friends apart. And unlike many small labels, it's been able to spot and nurture talent -- perhaps the most prominent being Shlohmo, who has risen from teenage beat junkie to headlining act in little over a year's time.

The label celebrates 24 months extant with a deep mob on Saturday night at the Echoplex. Look for Shlohmo to play cuts off "Bad Vibes," his forthcoming FoF release that threatens to be the scene's best beat album this year; Mexicans with Guns, Baths, Groundislava, Jonwayne and Anenon are on the bill as well.

Also on stage will be San Francisco's Salva, another FoF artist who might have the highest international profile of any artist on its roster. Earning praise from the British bass set and the electronic-skewing Fact Magazine crowd, the Chicago-bred Salva liquefies hip-hop, pop, funk, dubstep and house into his own singular brew. In advance of his Saturday night set, Pop & Hiss is premiering his "I'll Be Your Friend," a cover of Robert Owens' seminal Chicago House track.

Download: (Pop & Hiss premiere)
MP3: Salva-"I'll Be Your Friend")

ZIP: V/A- Friends of Friends Summer Sampler-

-- Jeff Weiss

Image credit: Friends of Friends


Mexicans With Guns premiere 'Icaros' (Free the Robots Remix), play Low End Theory

Antimwg Icaros are medicine music. The songs and incantations taught by elderly shamans and utulized to aid ayahuasca visions and heal the sick. Power disguised as hymn. The wails of the possessed. An attempt to drill toward the supernatural, via means accessible to anyone with a willing larynx and proper proximity to the proper psychedelic panaceas.

Mexicans With Guns hail from neither Mexico nor the Peruvian Amazon, where ayahuasca grows on unruly vines. Ernest Gonzales, who is Mexicans With Guns, calls San Antonio home and does graphic design while running the stellar Antipop imprint. But Los Angeles might as well be his second home, considering his most recent releases have been with the local Stones Throw-affiliated Innovative Leisure and Friends of Friends.

I once described Mexicans With Guns as Gonzales' "a luchador-mask-sporting alter ego who makes adamantine beats that sound like dubstep remixes of Baltimore club tracks made by a man who may or may not have assassinated Herb Alpert in a fit of rage." The Free the Robots remix of "Icaros" supports that assertion. Gonzales' Latin influence is muted in favor of FTR's punushing quicksilver attack, a monocrome medley of sky-is-falling snares and synths that wobble like Bay Area bridges.

It's an icaro, all right, a heavy, disorienting potion that speaks well to the skills of both artists. Mexicans With Guns play the Low End Theory on Wednesday for the release of the latest FoF Gem, FoF Presents Volume 3. 

It's a good idea to bring your chakapas and your most powerful Andean potions.

Download: (Pop & Hiss Premiere)

MP3: Mexicans With Guns -- "Icaros" (Free the Robots Remix)

-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: Mexicans With Guns logo; Credit: Antipop


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