Original Hamster vs. Nego Moçambique

Original Hamster vs. Nego Moçambique (CL)

It’s been five years since Vicente Sanfuentes, the man behind Original Hamster, made his North American live debut at MUTEK 2004, and in that time his international reputation has been steadily on the rise. 

A prolific figure on the Chilean electronic music scene since the early part of this decade, Sanfuentes’ first big break came courtesy of San Francisco mash-up raver kid606, who signed Original Hamster to his Tigerbeat6 label.  Like kid606, Original Hamster starts with a basis of techno and grinds it down with a smorgasbord of popular music that come in at spontaneous angles, in effect consistently keeping listeners on their toes.  When not at work as the Hamster, Sanfuentes is busy building hip-hop offshoots as a member of the Hermanos Brothers and as a collaborator with Atom Heart in the cheeky reggaeton duo Surtek Collective

At this year’s MUTEK, Sanfuentes will be pairing up Brazil’s Nego Moçambique for what is bound to be a freewheeling set of baile funk infused with the latest cocktail of rhythms from around the world.

The sonic universe of Nego Moçambique is situated where the confluence of breakbeats, house, hip-hop, funk, techno, electro, and Brazilian music occurs.

Drawing their richness from within the diversity of their references and their influences, reserving a place of choice for rhythms and micro-details, his compositions are the product of a fusion of all these elements into one single genre with the Brazilian accent, as he likes to reveal. Without ever falling into the clichés of the tourists' macumba or the minimalisms of Funk carioca, this Brazilian performance promises a window to warmth and escape.

NOCTURNE 3: Bounce le Monde

METROPOLIS 30/05/2009

It’s been five years since Vicente Sanfuentes, the man behind Original Hamster, made his North American live debut at MUTEK 2004, and in that time his international reputation has been steadily on the rise. 

A prolific figure on the Chilean electronic music scene since the early part of this decade, Sanfuentes’ first big break came courtesy of San Francisco mash-up raver kid606, who signed Original Hamster to his Tigerbeat6 label.  Like kid606, Original Hamster starts with a basis of techno and grinds it down with a smorgasbord of popular music that come in at spontaneous angles, in effect consistently keeping listeners on their toes.  When not at work as the Hamster, Sanfuentes is busy building hip-hop offshoots as a member of the Hermanos Brothers and as a collaborator with Atom Heart in the cheeky reggaeton duo Surtek Collective

At this year’s MUTEK, Sanfuentes will be pairing up Brazil’s Nego Moçambique for what is bound to be a freewheeling set of baile funk infused with the latest cocktail of rhythms from around the world.

The sonic universe of Nego Moçambique is situated where the confluence of breakbeats, house, hip-hop, funk, techno, electro, and Brazilian music occurs.

Drawing their richness from within the diversity of their references and their influences, reserving a place of choice for rhythms and micro-details, his compositions are the product of a fusion of all these elements into one single genre with the Brazilian accent, as he likes to reveal. Without ever falling into the clichés of the tourists' macumba or the minimalisms of Funk carioca, this Brazilian performance promises a window to warmth and escape.

EXPÉRIENCE 3

Société des arts technologiques [SAT] 05/06/2004

Première nord-américaine. MUTEK a découvert cet artiste singulier lors de la première édition du festival MUTEK.CL, qui a eu lieu au Chili en janvier 2004. Auparavant, le producteur Kid 606, qui a l'ouïe fine et sait reconnaître les êtres originaux ne s'est certes pas trompé en signant l'iconoclaste Vicente Sanfuentes (Original Hamster) sur son étiquette de disque Tigerbeat 6. Sans complexes et sans prétention, Sanfuentes adore élaborer des ponts anecdotiques et délicieusement délinquants entre les genres : mettez dans le mélangeur quelques onces de techno, un peu d'électronica, des ritournelles de fêtes populaires, quelques reprises évidentes, agitez vigoureusement et dégustez à chaud. Actif aussi sur le flanc du hip-hop à travers le projet Hermanos Brothers, Sanfuentes a probablement accentué ce goût pour le mélange épicé des références en fréquentant son très bon copain Atom Heart (Senor Coconut lui-même). Le festival MUTEK.CL fut l'occasion d'une rencontre/coup de cœur mutuel entre l'artiste chilien et les Montréalais Akufen et Vincent Lemieux, de sorte que ces derniers endisqueront son nouveau projet Trendsetter and the Followers sur leur étiquette Musique Risquée.

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