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Awesome, raw-as-it-gets industrial electro-punk from ‘80s Lima, Peru, mostly sluiced from hen’s teeth tape demos and unpublished archives and issued for the first time - RIYL Liaisons Dangereuses, Liquid G, From Nursery To Misery
A spunky demonstration of how far the industrial dance virus spread by the mid ‘80s, ‘Síntomas de techno - Ondas electrónicas subterráneas desde Perú (1985-1991)’ outlines its energising effect on a small group of bands beyond the usual hot spots. It’s yet another ear-opening volley from Lima’s Buh Records, whose compiler Luis Alvarado states that “Many of the recordings included here are extracted from demos with limited circulation, practically impossible to find,” yet their grasp of extreme sounds via locally sourced electronics means they’re “an unavoidable reference for any historical account of techno and industrial music in Latin America.” No doubt we can draw acute aesthetic links between their use of Spanish language vox and Liaisons Dangereuses’ industrial-EBM templates, and while they’re all understandably much rawer in construction, they make up for polish with lots of spit and sweat and sizzling Latin rhythms.
Disidentes’ ‘Martillo’ (1988) is a strong case in point, all wiry punk step distinguished by its sinewy Latin percussion, while Paisaje Electrónico’s X2’ (1986) splits the difference between psychedelic cumbia and punk with its wavey melody. However many could be mistaken for European provenance, as with the Liquid G-alike darkwave EBM grind of ‘No Nunca’ (1989) by T de Cobra, and the gothic punk of Cuerpos del Deseo, and the influence of melodramatic early ‘80s Depeche Mode looms large on Reacción’s ‘Y de aquí no me voy’, even if DM had moved on by then. If we’re playing favourites though, listen out for the clearly New Order-inspired lead on ‘A dónde’ by El Sueño de Ali, and the outstanding, recorded-in-a-wet-cardboard-box sound of Círculo Interior’s two rockets.