Mexicans With Guns, ELAN

Mexicans With Guns

Mexicans With Guns is back in the club, and he's not here to sell you roses. The bass luchadore sometimes known as Ernest Gonzales conjures mystic bass-bin beats for his debut Ceremony LP due May 10th on Innovative Leisure. It's his second proper release on the Highland Park set following 2010's out-of-print Me Gusto EP for which notably The FADER & LA Times spilled ink. Those familiar with the masked man's previous efforts won't be surprised by his gritty, sleep-with-one-eye-open basslines and atmospheric swelter, but they may find themselves entranced as they diffuse over the space of 14 original tracks. Gonzales crafted the distinct sound of Mexicans With Guns as an outlet for exploring traditional Hispanic folk music as an electronic artist in the present; on Ceremony he effortlessly transposes the spiritual tradition of the past onto the rattling dance halls of today.

The San Antonio, TX native cut his teeth producing remixes for Freddie Gibbs, Rainbow Arabia, CYNE, Faunts & Yppah and honing his live show headlining Low End Theory as well as on bills with Peanut Butter Wolf, Daedelus, Eliot Lipp, Mux Mool & Jogger. In addition to Me Gusto, he's released a split EP with Robot Koch, last year's Friends of Friends Vol 3. Now for Ceremony, MwG shows the chops he's primed producing for others and also those he's sharpened playing for a room. He's invited a bevy of MCs & vocalists for his coming-out LP including Freddie Gibbs, Helado Negro, Chico Mann, Nocando, Zacky Force Funk & Sasha Perera of Jahcoozi.

The "Opening Incantation" of no hay espacio, no hay tiempo cedes to "Jaguar" an early standout, its shoulder-slinking, mid-tempo grind stalking along a fierce low end. Freddie Gibbs picks up the mic on "Highway To Hell" and the brash Gary, IN rapper proves he wouldn't lose an ounce of his hustle south of the border. Staying decidedly dark is "Dame Lo;" dark enough, at least, to inspire the violent, boozy & occultish video The FADER called "the sickest we've seen in a minute." "Me Gusto" lightens the mood a stitch, with Antibalas' Chico Mann's swaying melody improbably fusing a track filled with 8-bit, lazer & nods to 80's funk & b. Finally, MwG dips into drones and loops, helping Savath y Savalas cohort Helado Negro, feel right at home on the disembodied "El Moreno."

There is a sense that while Ceremony has finished, something larger has commenced... keep attuned to Mexicans With Guns in 2011 as he preps a 7" featuring Texas rap legend Bun B (joining Freddie Gibbs on an alternate to "Highway to Hell"), collaborates with Mexican raverton originator Toy Selectah as Gun Selectah, and tours behind a mask & altar.

Do a quick Google search for eLan and the Internet will most likely generate results for a female singer from Latin America, a reggae vocalist from LA, an all-male rock band from Slovakia or the alleged pseudo-name used by Brainfeeder artist Tokimonsta. Few results will actually tell you that eLan is also Elan Stouffer, a mysterious but prolific beatmaker currently residing in San Diego.

When Modeselektor got introduced to the music of eLan, they immediately fell for the effective simplicity and on their constant mission to discover the next new beat, signed the young talent from California right away. First a track named „Pussy Posse“ appeared on Modeselektion Vol. 01, later a by now sold out split 10inch with eLan and Falty DL was released on Modeselektor's longest standing label 50 Weapons.

Following the 50 Weapons split 10inch in January 2011 eLan, member of the highly praised and super eclectic WEDIDIT Collective (incl. Shlomo and several others), part of the Indigo Pyramid crew, resident of Critical Beatdown in San Diego, has released a much acclaimed vinyl trilogy on Monkeytown Records. This 2xCD contains the 12 original tracks from all 3 EPs as well as remixes from Modeselektor, Lazer Sword, Cosmin TRG, Byetone (Raster Noton), Anstam and many others. On top of all the vinyl highlights you will find several unreleased bonus tracks and remixes on this 2xCD. A must have for all fans of the Monkeytown Records camp!

elan has been praised as the new instrumental hip hop beat wizard with the talent of an early Rustie, Hudson Mohawke or even Boards of Canada. His music was described by Bleep as: „eLan is a brand new name to most, he makes ultra-slick, mournful Dilla bump sound oh-so easy.“ and by Boomkat: „Super slick future HipHop from the mysterious eLan. We still haven't a clue who eLan is but if you like your beats butterd with Dilla-style beat and supremely hazy Boards of Canada synths, 'I Can't Breathe' is an absolute must have.“.

eLan will be supporting Modeselektor on parts of their „Monkeytown“ album tour in October.



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