KVRX DJ’s Top 20 Latinx Artists

KVRX Features

KVRX DJ’s Top 20 Latinx Artists

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018

Playing “none of the hits, all of the time,” the student DJs over at KVRX 91.7 are pros at discovering up-and-coming names in music. This month, they share their favorite Latinx artists. From mariachi to techno, lost loves to border walls, this list covers the vast array of music coming from Latin America. 

Check out our Spotify playlist at the bottom of the post for the full list, plus 10 extra picks.

 


1. DEZORAH


DJ Pick: Shamika Kurian, Liminal Space Songs – Sundays 9PM

DEZORAH is a post-prog band from McAllen, Texas. Their heavy, distorted sound is broken up by Danica Salazar’s soaring Spanish and English vocals. We love these guys so much that we had them play Local Live this summer, our live TV and radio broadcast where we host local bands every Sunday at 10pm. No surprise, but DEZORAH killed it.

 


2. El Shirota


DJ Pick: Aaron Martinez, The Hadal Zone – Tuesdays 11PM

This powerful rock quartet has been the fuel of many mosh pits throughout Mexico since their founding in 2013. Rooted in loud and fuzzy garage rock, El Shirota’s two EP releases (both only four songs in length) expand into the territories of psych-rock, progressive rock and krautrock. The group has not been one to shy away from experimentation, though they are still able to stay true to their punchy, noisy garage-rock origins.

 


3. Vuelveteloca


DJ Pick: Sam Paulsen, Electric Funeral – Tuesdays 7PM

Vuelveteloca play psych rock that is aggressive yet melodic, with pummeling drumming and steady bass. Throughout the years, the lineup has changed a number of times, but has always been led by Tomas Olivos and Marcos De Iruarrizaga. The band just came to the United States for the very first time, playing at Levitation Fest 2018.

 


4. Chingadazo de Kung Fu


DJ Pick: Ignacio Martinez, Grain Death (on summer break)

You won’t find an album longer than 20 minutes from Chingadazo de Kung Fu. The Mexico City trio are loud and brash punks with a penchant for what punks do best: partying, skating, and creating chaos. Since their underground days they’ve amassed a solid following, even securing a spot on the Tecate Pa’l Norte lineup this past April.

 


5. Sad Saturno


DJ Pick: Ignacio Martinez

Sad Saturno is nostalgic emo music by Cheke Mondragón. Most notable in their sound is the vocals, fervently shouted out over dialogues sampled from film and TV. The lyrical matter of lost love in songs like “Cuando fuiste la Rachel de mi Joey” (“You Were the Rachel to My Joey”) will take you straight back to middle school, pretty literally.

 


6. Johnny Pequeñín


DJ Pick: Ignacio Martinez

Johnny Pequeñín is a five piece neo-punk group based out of Mexico City. Their sound echoes that of of the post-hardcore/emo greats of the late 90s and early 00s. High energy, fast-paced drums accompanied by heavy intricate guitar licks and supporting keyboards give their hardcore sound a modern twist. Since 2015, Johnny Pequeñín has put out four EPs, with a total of nine released songs.

 


7. Ases Falsos


DJ Pick: Kai Foster, Far East of East

Ases Falsos is a four-piece from Santiago, Chile that used to be known as Fother Muckers. Now past any growing pains, the band has fully settled into their electro-pop/rock sound. They’ve mastered harmony and melody to create cohesive soundscapes, rich with synthesizers, falsetto hooks, and punchy percussion.

 


8. The Holydrug Couple


DJ Pick: Harold Urteaga, Andes Chest – Tuesdays 9PM

The Holydrug Couple was born with a drum-machine in a bedroom outside of Santiago, Chile. Over the last ten years, Ives Sepúlveda Minho and Manuel Parra have flourished in the budding Chilean psychedelic-rock scene. The duo draws from 60 and 70s influences to create dreamy and cinematic soundscapes. With waves of fuzzy reverb and spacey vocals, Ives and Manuel create a mystic slow-dance of sound.

 


9. No Somos Marineros


DJ Pick: Ignacio Martinez

No Somos Marineros have been through a few iterations to reach the melancholy indie rock on their newest record D’arcy. What started off as emo with a math rock bend has become more refined, more introspective.

 


10. Fármacos


DJ Pick: Diego Britton, Dreaming Wide Awake (on summer break)

Fármacos began as a solo project by singer Diego Ridolfi, though the Santiago-based band now has five members. A fast-paced lifestyle and lack of media attention on indie bands has made surviving as full-time musicians in Chile difficult. Nonetheless, Fármacos carries on with a new single “Cuando Quieras,” a shoegazey pop song.

 


11. Los Valentina


DJ Pick: Jane Palacios, Cup of Jane (on summer break)

In Los Valentina, Valentina Martinez covers the seldom discussed realities of being a woman in the male-dominated music scene of Santiago. She does so through music heavy with nostalgia, grief, love, and hope. Her Señoras EP is a heavy hitter, graced with album art from her grandmother.

 


12. Prehistöricos


DJ Pick: Jane Palacios

Prehistöricos is a group from Santiago, Chile that play a poppy indie-folk blend. The group formed in 2014 and has been very active since, releasing three albums and a slew of singles. Their music will surely leave a smile on your face.

 


13. The Chamanas


DJ Pick: Alexander Houy, Lords of Boptown – Wednesdays 7PM

Self-described “fronterizo (border) indie-pop fusion,” The Chamanas channel the blended culture of their El Paso/Ciudad Juarez home. Featuring lyrics both in Spanish and English, the band seamlessly sutures traditional Latin beats with modern synthpop melodies. Using their music as a voice for their community, their latest single “If You Build it, We Will Break It” features Jim Ward of At The Drive in protest of Trump’s border wall.

 


14. BOAN


DJ Pick: Aaron Martinez

BOAN is the new dance pop project of scene veterans Mariana Saldaña and José Cota. The duo is signed to Austin’s own cutting-edge electronic label Holodeck (think S U R V I V E, Troller). Their catchy darkwave synth lines are bringing something exciting to Barracuda on August 19th.

 


15. Paul Marmota


DJ Pick: Aaron Martinez

Paul Marmota is a versatile DJ and producer hailing from Mexico City, usually incorporating unconventional elements into his mixing, including Afrobeats, techno, Algerian Rai, and rap. His newest work, Zona, came out in May of this year.

 


16. Sailorfag


DJ Pick: Ignacio Martinez

On top of being a social media fashion icon, Guadalajara rapper Sailorfag produces a unique fusion of trap and reggaeton beats. Rapping in Spanish with unapologetically vulgar lyrics, Sailorfag’s music offers an honest critique of toxic masculinity and strict gender roles. His debut self-titled album came out late July and features nine dancey tracks full of glittery attitude.

 


17. La Santa Cecilia


DJ Pick: Harold Urteaga

The ultimate modern Mariachi, La Santa Cecilia is a Latin rock group based in Los Angeles. Between touring internationally at some of the hottest festivals (Bonnaroo and SXSW to name a few), winning a Grammy with their debut album, and having a song featured in the soundtrack of Disney movie Coco, it is clear that La Santa Cecilia are serious about their craft. Their music is perfect for dancing with a loved one or just relaxing on your porch.

 


18. Debit


DJ Pick: Aaron Martinez

Eerie, dark, ambient techno fused with latin-based club beats, the artist Debit is an up-and-coming producer out of New York. While living in Mexico City, Debit linked up with some of the producers/members in the NAAFI, a collective focusing on musicians in the Latinx community. Her newest album, Animus, came out in February of 2018 and features haunting ambient techno with some underground club influences. Debit is also enrolled in school studying music theory, which she has been working on incorporating into her sound.

 


19. [email protected]


DJ Pick: Jorge Hernandez, The Philosophy of Sound and Machine (on summer break)

Coming from Montevideo, Uruguay, [email protected] is at the center of a booming electronic scene. They produce a highly engaging, bouncy, house/techno blend that feels like a dark, smokey, body-heat filled basement (the ideal environment if you ask us). [email protected] has accrued a cult following, as well as a feature on Resident Advisor.

 


20. Juana Molina


DJ Pick: Harold Urteaga

Beginning her career as a famous sketch comedy actress, Juana Molina saw great success from 1988-1994. At the peak of her acting career, she quit altogether and began focusing solely on her music aspirations. She has released seven albums since her debut in 1996, and the most recent work “Halo” has been played here on KUTX. Her music is a thoughtful blend of indie-folk, electronica, and experimental pop.



Descriptions by Sam Paulsen, Ruben Paquian, Maddy Kaniewski, Thea Robinson, and Josh Winik

KVRX DJ’s Top 20 LGBT Artists

KVRX Features

KVRX DJ’s Top 20 LGBT Artists

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018

In 2018, college radio remains an important voice in the conversation around up-and-coming artists. Part of that conversation is UT Austin’s own student-run KVRX 91.7. With a slogan of “none of the hits, all of the time,” they won’t play any artist that has already charted on the Billboard Top 200. This gives their DJs the ability to spotlight artists and communities who are not often heard from in the mainstream. With this philosophy in mind, KVRX DJs picked their top 20 queer artists of summer 2018.

Check out our Spotify playlist at the bottom of the post to hear them all.

 


1. serpentwithfeet


DJ Pick: Chelsea Daniel

serpentwithfeet sings R&B influenced soul over layered yet simple ambient electro-beats, with help from experimental producers like Clams Casino and Katie Gately. His new album, soil, explores a range of subjects from breakup to the feeling of falling in love.

 


2. Shamir


DJ Pick: Elise Barbin, Blog Radio (on summer break)

Shamir can really do it all, from electro-pop to indie and folk rock. Extremely versatile, Shamir’s music covers an array of styles with something for everybody. The witty pop songs are often upbeat and catchy, while the slower, lo-fi indie tracks are melodic and meaningful.

 


3. Ms. White


DJ Pick: Lainey Gonzales, Sunflower Sounds (on summer break)

Ms. White delivers empowering jazzy-pop which is memorable and powerful. Serving as a role model within the trans community, she helps people all over the world feel like they can be who they truly are. Much of her music pays homage to the stylings of Amy Winehouse.

 


4. Ezra Furman


DJ Pick: Scott Delhommer, Midnight Music Munchies (on summer break)

Ezra Furman has an expansive discography, but their latest work features baroque pop with revivalist rock n roll influences. Furman pours emotion into every song, and their clever lyricism is delivered with a lasting punch.

 


5. Planeta No


DJ Pick: Harold Urteaga, Andes Chest – Tuesdays 9PM

Planeta No are a Chilean group who give us hybrid indie and synth pop sound that is extremely bubbly and undeniably groovy. Performing exclusively in Spanish, the group performs danceable tracks about love and sex.

 


6. Mashrou’ Leila


DJ Pick: Josie McReynolds, The Passport (on summer break)

This five-piece band from Beirut has been pushing the envelope for Middle-Eastern pop music. Dubbed “The Arab world’s most influential independent band” by the Financial Times, Mashrou’ Leila addresses timely topics in their music such as politics, war, and the changing ideas of love and same-sex marriage.

 


7. Mula


DJ Pick: Aaron Martinez, The Hadal Zone – Tuesdays 11PM

Comprised of Rachel Rojas and twins Anabel and Cristabel Acevedo, this Dominican trio’s work finds influence from Latino and Dominican rhythms, reggaeton, trap, and hip-hop to create unique island dance music. Mula has made their mark on the predominantly male dominated music scene in Santo Domingo, throwing a powerful female presence into the ring.

 


8. bell’s roar


DJ Pick: Ariel Young, French Kissin’ (on summer break)

Writing under the moniker bell’s roar, Sean Desiree’s dream pop world is one that serves to provide queer and trans people of color with a reinforced sense of solidarity. Their debut album, We Carry Us, was previously named one of Bandcamp’s best albums of winter 2018.

 


9. The HIRS Collective


DJ Pick: Sam Paulsen, Electric Funeral – Tuesdays 7PM

A sonic punch. With each song clocking in at around one minute long, The HIRS Collective has one clear message: they are not here to play.

 


10. Youryoungbody


DJ Pick: Maddy Kaniewski, Crying in the Club (on summer break)

Combining elements of house, trance and pop, this Seattle electronic duo has made strides in both sound and style in their latest singles titled, “4ever” and “Intentions.”

 


11. House of Kenzo


DJ Pick: Rachel Wilkins

San Antonio collective House of Kenzo are keeping the vogue tradition alive deep in the heart of Texas. They are known for their avant-garde live shows such as their 2016 SXSW performance, but their mixes themselves are kinetic enough to turn any environment into a party.

 


12. Cakes da Killa


DJ Pick: Harold Urteaga

Cakes da Killa is a much-needed voice in hip-hop, breathing life into every track and feature. He is also a savvy collaborator, working with the likes of Injury Reserve and clipping, including a feature from the legendary electronic artist Peaches on his debut album. Cakes da Killa’s music pulsates with a club-ready energy and a charisma that cannot be faked.

 


13. Le1f


DJ Pick: Aaron Martinez

Rapper and producer Le1f’s style is best characterized as nimble, expressive delivery over sophisticated beats that never feel cluttered. He gained national media attention in 2013 for pointing out similarities between his track “Wut” and Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.” Then, he gave an electric performance of the aforementioned song on The David Letterman Show in 2015. Based on the strength of Blue Dream, his latest EP, it’s clear that the world will be hearing more from Le1f in the future.

 


14. Quay Dash


DJ Pick: Sara Zavaleta, Pupusa Power! – Wednesdays 10PM

It’s impossible to listen to Quay Dash without feeling more confident. The Brooklyn artist’s discography is replete with good-natured braggadocio. With three solid mixtapes under her belt, she clearly has the rapping chops to back it up.

 


15. Elysia Crampton


DJ Pick: Jorge Hernandez, The Philosophy of Sound and Machine (on summer break)

Experimental electronic artist Elysia Crampton’s debut album American Drift was met with critical acclaim upon its release in 2015 for her ability to weave together disparate genre influences in unexpected ways. The common thread informing Crampton’s music is her desire to highlight the experiences of the LGBTQ community and the indigenous Aymara nation. 

 


16. Octo Octa


DJ Pick: Maddy Kaniewski

Coming from Brooklyn, Octo Octa has dabbled in genres of drum ’n’ bass, IDM, house and techno since 2011. She released her latest album, Where Are We Going?, with Honey Soundsystem, a queer DJ collective from San Francisco. The album’s themes touch on the highs and lows associated with her experience coming out. 

 


17. kamome sano


DJ Pick: Kai Foster, Far East of East

kamome sano creates fast-paced electronic music that can switch between genres and styles in seconds. She also owns the label tatsuta recordings. 

 


18. UMFANG


DJ Pick: Malcolm Cohn, Malcolm’s House of House Music

UMFANG is an artist and DJ who co-founded the booking collective Discwoman, a group aimed to give representation female and genderqueer electronic artists. She has released 2 full albums of sparse, polyrhythmic, and sometimes grim techno. 

 


19. stud1nt


DJ Pick: Jorge Hernandez

An artist under UMFANG’s Discwoman agency, stud1nt has made great strides in the area of experimental club sets. stud1nt’s mixes are dark, disorienting, and dynamic.

 


20. p1nkstar


DJ Pick: Rachel Wilkins

An Austin local, p1nkstar lives up to their self-described pop superstar status. Light-up tutus, crazy colorful visuals, and choreographed dancers are all staples of their live performances.



Descriptions by Sam Paulsen, Lauren Schneider, Josh Winik, & Maddy Kaniewski

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