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Based in Tijuana, Northwest Mexico, FUSSIBLE were pioneers of the Nortec Collective when they formed in the late 1990’s. Starting as a three piece, Pepe Mogt (now the only member of Fussible), Jorge Ruiz, and Roberto Mendoza aka. Panoptica took their influences from traditional Mexican music to electronic industrialism, techno and house. With background in many styles of music, they flourished in the Nortec music scene. Nortec inherits the traditional sounds of Tijuana’s border country (Norteño/Tambora music) and combines them with the modern internationalism of the electronic groove; a unique celebration of the old and new.
This new musical genre has now grown into a ‘collective’ of musicians, graphic artists, architects, fashion designers, remixers and producers, all with the distinctive style that could only arise in a city as diverse and unusual as Tijuana. The members of the Nortec Collective state that "the music is only a part of the reality we live everyday in this city where many things converge and transform themselves into something new...In creating something out of two forces that seem to be opposite (traditional Mexican and modern electronic music) we can transform the landscape of our barren land and upgrade the quality of our lives”. After Fussible's lead, other northwest Mexican music acts such as Bostich, Panoptica (who left Fussible to go solo), Hiperboreal, Plankton Man, Clorofila, Terrestre and many more have helped to create and define the Nortec sound.
Already stars in their native Tijuana, Fussible drew the attention of the national electronica and pop scene in 1997 with two tracks, which made it onto Top 40 charts throughout Mexico. This was indeed an impressive feat for an independent release in a country where Indie labels receive virtually no commercial radio airplay. The success led to numerous live shows across Mexico, playing to huge audiences in cities such as Guadalajara, Ensenada and Mexico City. Since then, they have played in New York, Los Angeles, London and throughout continental Europe with great success. Apart from the amazing response Fussible get from their audiences, they have received extensive international press coverage, with articles in the New York Times, CMJ, The Los Angeles Times, TIME Magazine, La Banda Elastica, DJ, Seven, etc.
With heavy support from specialist radio shows and DJs such as Patrick Forge (Kiss 100), Groove Armada (Kiss 100), Nick Luscombe/Flow Motion (Xfm), Nick Harcourt (KCRW) and Totally Wired (Surf 107.2) Fussible are hitting the big time. Following on from 2002’s highly-acclaimed ‘Odyssea’ (a mini-album championed by music bods around the world, including those at Wax Records, EBTG/Lazy Dog, Manumission and Playgroup), Fussible continued on the tech-mex ‘Nortec’ trip with ‘No-One Over 21’, which was released on 6th December 2004, to matched acclaim. Pepe Mogt now operates solo under the Fussible name, delivering tech-house beats and inimitable Tijuana funk, true Fussible style. ‘No One Over 21’ is his first release as solo act Fussible.
**FUSSIBLE - LIVE**
Fussible perform using laptops, drum machines and synthesizers, sequencing Norteño and Tambora samples with horns, bass loops, and house / techno textures and rhythms. The overall sound is upbeat, tight and loud, striking an exciting balance between the Tijuana sounds, techno and house.
Fussible headlined at MTV Ibiza 2001 alongside acts such as Faithless, Roni Size, and Basement Jaxx. Other events they have played include the Winter Music Conference in Miami, the Sonar Festival in Barcelona, PS1 in New York, the Latin music festival La Linea in London, the Coachella music festival in Palm Springs, the Latin Alternative Music Conference in NYC, and Tecnogeist, the biggest music festival in Mexico, attended by over 100,000 people.
Fussible have also performed live on numerous occasions for Sonic360's US club night ‘La Leche’, in New York and Los Angeles, and headlined the launch of the label's London party ‘Big Soup’ in November 2002. Pepe has also played numerous gigs to support the release of newest release ‘No One Over 21’, to rave reviews.
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NO ONE OVER 21
Kinky spent years honing their highly original sound, a fusion of Latin Rhythms, Mexican regional music, electronica and rock’n’roll, in their hometown of Monterrey, in Northern Mexico. They gave Chris Allison, (Coldplay, Beta Band), a three song demo presented on a lovely cassette tape in the winter of 1999 while he was producing Plastilina Mosh. Six months later he signed them to his Sonic360 label and they were off and running. The five-man band - Gilberto Cerezo (vocals, guitar), Ulises Lozano (keyboards), Carlos Chairez (lead guitar), Cesar Pliego (bass) and Omar Gongora (drums) - exploded onto the international scene in the summer of 2000. Since 2002, the band has recorded three eclectic albums - Kinky (2002), Atlas (2003) and Reina (2006) - been nominated for three Grammy’s® , composed music for films and played countless gigs all over the planet in front of hundreds of thousands, inducing dance floor hysteria and winning legions of enthusiastic fans.
“We love making records, writing songs and playing music,” says singer Gilberto Cerezo. “Since there are five of us in the band and we do everything as a team, it’s hard to make one record that shows off everything we can do. That’s why we decided to put out Rarities. It’s a little of this and a little of that: projects we’ve been doing outside the albums, covers of songs by artists we admire, songs written for movies, people doing remixes and adding their flavor to the Kinky idea. There are also a few live tracks, because the live shows are the most important thing we do.”
Rarities was originally put out in the UK as a limited edition of 750 hand numbered copies, just for Kinky’s UK fans, but overwhelming positive feedback from the European press has prompted the band and Sonic360 to launch a new full scale release in the US and Canada on June 19th.
Like all their albums, Rarities blends sounds that are contemporary and traditional, dynamic and contemplative, innovative and yet strangely familiar. Gilberto Cerezo and Ulises Lozano provide a quick overview.
“‘Coqueta’ means flirty girl,” Lozano says. “The Norteño band Intocable asked us to do that song, one of their big hits, for a tribute album honoring their long career. ‘Selva Lombardi’ was going to be on Atlas, but was left aside. When we went back and listened to it, we loved its funky dance groove.” On “Canibal,” a song they wrote for the soundtrack of LA HIJA DEL CANIBAL, Kinky collaborated with another hero, Lupe Esparza, singer of the legendary Norteño group Bronco. “We all fell in love for the first time listening to his lyrics,” Cerezo explains. “It was bizarre and exciting to be working with him and directing him, but he just said, ‘Tell me what to do’ and he did it. It’s one of the most pop songs we’ve done. It even has a video.
“(Director) Renee Chabria asked us to write a song about a guy leaving Mexico to live in LA for her film SUEÑO,” Cerezo continues. “She hadn’t started filming yet, but when I played her ‘Aqui Es La Vida’ she said it fit perfectly with her vision. Director Tony Scott wanted a version of ‘Oye Come Va’ for MAN ON FIRE. It was a challenge because Tito Puente and Santana already have strong versions of the song. Our take is more electronic, more rock. We also included a chilled out Lazyboy remix of the song.” Other remix artists on Rarities include: Money Mark (“Presidente”), Toy Selectah, a reggaeton innovator who brings a new energy to “Mas,” and a mash up of “Soun Tha Mi Primer Amor” by Nortec Collective’s Bostich that blends hip hop, house and Norteño flavours.
Rarities concludes with three live recordings “Más”, “The Headphonist”, and “Sol.” “We recorded in the Napster studios to give fans a taste of the DVD we’re working on,” Lozano explains. “There was no crowd, but it was all live. We did older songs because music changes as you play it live; songs pick up other flavors after you’ve played them a while.”
While fans are enjoying Kinky’s continually evolving sound on Rarities, the band itself will be busy touring. Cerezo: “We’re on the road until the end of the year and we’re making videos, doing more collaborations with other artists and writing tracks for the next album. We just finished writing and recording the theme song that Fox Sports will use for the MFL Soccer League’s 2007 season. We live in a world that’s always spinning faster and faster, with information coming in from everywhere and new sounds developing in every city. Our goal is to stay inspired, and keep listening for fresh flavors that can become part of Kinky music.”
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Pea Green Boat
What do you get if you cross Breaks, Deep House and 'Warp-style' electronica? The answer is simple - PEA GREEN BOAT
When Rory met Mits in 1997 he had already been DJing on the Birmingham club-circuit for a couple of years. Arriving in Leeds he found no clubs that really excited him, and so decided to start putting on his own parties in warehouses and art studios on the outskirts of the city; "It was a good laugh at the time, we'd heard about the Leeds club scene and it was one of the main reasons we came here. However, when they got there, Basics had been shut down and all that was left was a few hand bag house nights and retro hip-hop and funk nights. We couldn't find any clubs that wanted to do what we wanted to do so we looked at a few warehouses and it all began from there" says Rory.
The parties were techno based, but it was what started happening in the back room that really grabbed the guys' attention. "We'd get a whole mixture of DJs playing deep house, drum and bass, nu skool breaks, ambient stuff, hip-hop, electro, anything really. Seeing how that went down really persuaded us that eclecticism didn't mean just playing loads of down-tempo hip-hop influenced tracks, it meant playing absolutely anything and everything. At that time people seemed to be very purist in their tastes and it was refreshing to meet other people who had similar ideas." The two started making music on a mate's computer, and quickly realised they were onto something. "Right from the start we never set out to make a house tune or a techno tune. Sometimes a tune which starts off with a house beat will end up being an electro track, we just do whatever feels right as the track progresses."
"I think we look at rhythms slightly differently to other people. A lot of people will listen to a track and see the beat as characterising what style of music it is. With our tracks the beats are different tempos, different styles, but the melodies and basslines are what give the tracks a similar feel." The melodic, slightly melancholic feel to a lot of PGB's tracks is indeed the common element running through the album. The boys put this down to their shared love of bands such as New Order and artists such as Plaid and DJ Cam. The crowning moment however, is when, two minutes into 'Seesaw', the track breaks down and the verse from Neneh Cherry's ‘Buffalo Stance’ kicks in, and gradually becomes more warped and manipulated throughout the track while a dubby bassline and sharp beat underpin the whole tune. "That's just a nod to some good nights we've had, when people have dropped ‘Ice Ice Baby’ in the middle of an electro set and the whole place has gone mental or when you hear ‘Chiquitita’ by Abba with rinsing drum and bass underneath it. 'Seesaw' is a perfect example of supposedly conflicting styles mashing together into something new which you haven't really heard before."
**PGB LIVE SET**
"Playing live is something we really love doing and want to do more. The tunes get beefed-up and it's a bit more up for it than the album. We like the idea of people coming to see us and completely losing it and then being able to go home, put the album on and chill out. We've both been in more traditional bands before, and we're massive fans of Orbital and Underworld so we realise it can add a completely different element to your music, being able to improvise and 'jam' as you go along. We're really excited about it."
Rory Natkiel also DJs as 'Kid Blue' - part of the Most Wanted Crew.
Their bi-weekly club night 'Technique' was voted as No.1 club night in the UK in the April '03 edition of Mixmag.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT PEA GREEN BOAT...
"Atmospheric, melodic electro-tech-breaks charged with emotion, passion and honesty. For night owls and funky pussycats." Tom Middleton (Cosmos)
"...if you're a little tired of the plod, plod of blokebeat and parp, parp of blingstep then this is the fresh breeze you've been waiting for."
- Knowledge Magazine
"Pea Green Boat are putting the soul back into breaks." Mixmag
HAV005: 'Seesaw' 12-inch EP (out now on Head+Arm in the UK)
HACD006: 'Two Way Traffic' debt album (to be released 24 March 2003 in UK)
PETE TONG 'FASHION TV' Compilation (Pschent)
TWO WAY TRAFFIC
By Pea Green Boat