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Berlin-based Peruvian artist Sofia Kourtesis makes light-hearted, club-ready electro-pop that'll appeal to fans of The Knife or Peggy Gou.
Starting with lead single 'Madres', a zippy, radio-friendly jam that layers Kourtesis' soft, angelic vocals over a shuffly neo-house beat, the album - dedicated to the artist's mother - doesn't waste a second. Kourtesis had a tough time of it in recent years, although she had been touring extensively with Caribou and Bicep, she rushed home to Peru as often as she could to check in on her mother, who'd been diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully she found a specialist doctor who could help extend her life, and now she's based in Berlin, Kourtesis can visit her more frequently.
'Madres' is a celebration of the life Kourtesis has built for herself, free of the prejudice she felt in Peru, where she was forced into conversion therapy for her queerness. Her duality can be felt on energetic tracks like 'Si Te Portas Bonito' and the skippy 'Habla Con Ella', while the effervescent 'Vajkoczy' is a dedication to the doctor who helped her mother.