Zenit & Nadir

01/11/2019Lima's Dengue Dengue Dengue Continue To Explore Afro-Peruvian Traditions On Album #3

Once you see this Lima-based DJ and producer duo perform live, as they distribute their psychoactive potion on stage wearing folkloric masks and weaving intricate electronic tapestries of traditional Latin American rhythms and sounds, you will understand why some people call them the Peruvian Daft Punk. And though we've had Dengue Dengue Dengue and their digital cumbia aesthetic on our radar for quite some time, we curiously never got around to featuring them on Greedy. It just so happens, they released their third full-length earlier this month on Branko's (Buraka Som Sistema) label Enchufada

Their latest album "Zenit & Nadir" continues to explore the rich Afro-Peruvian heritage, including distinct rhythmic patterns of ingá, landó, festejo and crioullo music. Always keen on expanding their soundscape, Dengue Dengue Dengue teamed up with members of the renowned Ballumbrosio family, a musical dynasty that has kept said styles, dances and traditions alive. This fruitful collaboration is not limited to the studio however, but has become a vital part of the duo's live shows. "The marriage between the traditional and organic percussion of the Ballumbrosios and Dengue Dengue Dengue’s hypnotic electronic production has created a whole new chapter for the band."

The dark and hypnotic sounds on "Zenit & Nadir" will entrance you, move you and possibly haunt you. Now pair that with a brilliant visual approach and Dengue Dengue Dengue might just become one of your favourite live acts of the moment. You can stream the full album or watch a live showcase below. Also, you might still be able to catch them on tour, boasting their new masks, handcrafted by Barcelona-based artists Twee Muizem.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom