Boomkat Product Review:
Full-length debut for PAN from Montreal based duo Pelada, comprising of vocalist Chris Vargas and producer Tobias Rochman, navigating the city’s underground warehouse rave scene with nods to Gabber, Cumbia and the frenetic pace and disorientation of the world right now. Mastered by Jeremy Cox, featuring artwork by Johannes Schnatmann & Bill Kouligas.
An urgent, headstrong volume, 'Movimiento Para Cambio' uses music as a mechanism for delivering ideas central to the group’s moral and political ethos, exploring themes of power, identity, surveillance and environmental justice over a raw mix of rave synths, acid basslines, breakbeats and dembow rhythms.
'A Mí Me Juzgan Por Ser Mujer' (‘I Am Judged Because I’m a Woman’) is an anti-machista anthem, stylistically nodding to NY house, 'Habla Tu Verdad' (‘Speak Your Truth’) emphasises the need to overcome the stigma around discussing sexual harassment, 'Asegura' (‘Secure’) deals with the unprecedented power of Big Data and 'Caderona' (‘big hips’), features a hardline perreo-tinged beat that carries Vargas’ vocals with refreshing ferocity.
Pelada hope to inspire critical self- reflexivity through engagement, demanding space and action via fierce, unrelenting rhythms that seek to enhance and propel the collective will to power. Or as it is written in their liner notes: ‘Open Your Eyes, The Beast Feeds On Exploitation’.