Boomkat Product Review:
**Bittersweet, Latinate pop laced with lustrous electronics and fragile vocals** "Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Helado Negro owes something to his contemporaries (Chancha Via Circuito, Matias Aguayo, Juana Molina, Bear in Heaven, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells) but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beats married the ear with the body in new ways. Bass drum machines in Double Youth pulse like a robot dance movement. The album’s bass undercurrents fuzz, its sine waves tickle the brain stem, its melodies weave through the air like a fish. And Lange’s voice, which grows more and more confident with each record, is a cool, clean dance partner to the thump of the beat and the hum of the melody. The constant denominator of Double Youth is its extraction of music from an intangible space and migrating it to a physical realm. It’s an album without a façade or a hidden message; it’s honest and sincere, exhibited in Lange’s vocals, which are now more present and exposed than before. The album sounds like Lange is slowly lifting a veil and allowing us, the listeners, to be part of his world, the all-embracing atmosphere of Double Youth."