Paraguayan house trio LPZ has helped put their South American homeland on the global dance culture map. Toiling away on their style for the better part of four years, the triumvirate — Ariel Soler, Javier Rodriguez and Jorge Carron — has been spreading their gospel from Asunción to London by way of choice releases and remixes for labels like Brownswood, Wah Wah 45s, First Word and Body Wor. Their recent The Benedict & Grace EP showcases their unique style that incorporates house, boogie and disco and it sets the stage what will no doubt be a productive 2013.
With their ear always locked to the underground in search of the best new sounds, we asked the group's Javier "Cosmo Lopez" to share five producers on SoundCloud that are close to his heart and soul.
LPZ's Benedict & Grace EP is out now on 12" and digital via Loungin Recordings. Listen to LPZ's Société Perrier DJ mix here
Phrij is the new signing to the label I co-run, Keep Up! We first heard this track at the famous Plastic People sound system at one of the CDR's nights and I immediately fell in love with it. It's about 120 BPM but you can hear the influences of d'n'b, disco and even some jazz tinkering on this one. It's great to start a set with.
2. Ave Blaste
Ave Blaste is a longtime collaborator of LPZ. In fact, some of the first tunes I finished were co-productions with him that came out on Keep Up Records. "Full Taste," a soulful house number with his usual sample dexterity, is part of his first solo EP that is coming out via Kitsch & Sync which is a new label from the guys who do the parties of the same name in London.
3. Matias Espinola & Seba Benitez
Matias Espinola is a Paraguayan producer who is quickly establishing himself as a name to watch. This track with Seba Benitez is proof he is on the right track. It is a nice percussive house number that should get you nodding along at your desk or shuffling your feet on the dance floor.
4. Debian Blak
I don't know much about Diasonic apart from the fact that this tune caught my attention when going through some promos. I'm not a huge fan of the vocal but the instrumental underneath it is top-notch quality. Great use of synths and moods — that bass thing halfway through is killer too.
Ejeca needs no introduction. I've been digging this track a lot so thought I would include it in this feature. It is coming out on W&O Street Tracks that already put out "Love That (Burns Hot Enough)" which got to number 1 on Juno, so the boys are on the right track obviously. Nice '90s sounding house music that will definitely get a reaction on any dance floor that's up for a party.