HELADO NEGRO, plus popscene DJs
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is 18 and over
Swedish threesome NONONO, aka front girl Stina Wappling and production duo Astma & Rocwell, formed in Stockholm during the spring of 2012, following Stina's return from Brighton where she had spent three years studying for a degree in psychology.
This thoughtful sensibility is reflected in their much-hyped debut release "Like The Wind", to be released in the UK in early May through Best Fit Recordings. Described by Popjustice as "a song you are going to listen to once, then immediately feel like listening to again, setting in motion a repeat listening frenzy that will last well over three hours," it has also been championed by tastemakers including The Guardian, Notion and The Quietus.
"Like The Wind" is to be preceded by the anthemic "Pumpin Blood," set for a Scandinavia release this week. Having previously been described by The Guardian as "the kind of percussion-heavy, gloom-tinged pop which brought Niki & The Dove to the masses last year", this track swerves the group in a new direction, with its overwhelmingly positive sentiment and rousing whistling hook. In fact, we expect the track to be universally adopted as the far superior "whistle song". With its instant appeal and summery feel, expect to see this track propel NONONO to anthemic status.
The band are currently finishing their debut album, which they describe as "dark and beat-orientated," for the most part, although the mood will likely improve as the seasons change in Sweden.
The son of Ecuadorean immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. Pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night parties called "peñas" provided a foundation for Helado Negro's interest in sound and lifelong quest to discover the unlimited variety of objects used to produce music. Most recently he created a new collaborative group with Julianna Barwick called OMBRE releasing their debut album in 2012 called Believe You Me. Helado Negro has worked with Bear in Heaven mixing their Pitchfork's Best New Music album Beast Rest Forth Mouth. He also produced Prefuse 73's 2010 album Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian.
"The song is wonderfully enticing, making nice use of shaken synths to set a recognizable mood. There’s an echo of John Maus' more accessible work here, but Lange’s frazzled, somewhat delicate voice makes him an ideal fit for midtempo burners like these." --Pitchfork
"In every style Roberto Carlos Lange develops, a sultry, dreamy temperament remains apparent, from the shimmying cadences and simmered arrangements to his just-woken-up voice. Invisible Life is the clearest and most dynamic Helado Negro record to date." --Pitchfork
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