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Carlitos Nino  in London, UK
ZZK  on 2018-04-06


Uji presents "Jenga”(Evocative euphony )

“Jenga” is the first track to be born out of Uji’s solo project. An enticing mixture of sounds from nature (water, frogs, animal panting) blend with a kind of secret vocabulary transcending specific languages merged with contemporary beats. The track seems to cast a spell that transports us to a pre-verbal state reminiscent of tribal cultures, ritual and a sense of being symbiotic with nature as luscious synth sounds draw us into the magnetism of darkness, balancing sophistication with simplicity. Infectious psychedelic rhythm patterns expand and grow in nuances as we surrender to the pristine joy of dance.

Uji (Luis Maurette) is an electronic producer and musician born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A nomad since the age of two, Maurette has lived throughout the American continent in Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, USA and Argentina. Uji’s music is made for the dance floor, and has roots in indigenous, folkloric and African music and borrows from the aesthetics and sound design of electronic music. His fascination with sound and electronic music brought him to Berklee School of Music where he delved into synthesis, programming and sound design. In parallel he immersed himself in ritual music, which led him into the mountains and jungles to participate in indigenous ceremonies and songs, to make field recordings of the birds and rivers, to learn rhythms and dances, to discover ancient practices and to listen to the ancestral voice of nature. Uji’s music is the alchemical ritual of merging these seemingly opposite worlds of the ancient and the modern.
 
He is half of the pioneering duo Lulacruza since its inception in 2005, with whom he has released 5 albums, a feature film and visual album by director Vincent Moon, as well as a remix series by a worldwide mix of producers. Lulacruza boldly embraces the intersection of electronic and folk music, forming part of the South American new folklore movement. Lulacruza has been released by labels such as ZZK Records (Argentina), Jumpsuit Records (USA), Acqua Records (Arg), Black Swan Sounds (USA), Club del Disco (Arg), Frente Bolivarista (Brazil), and Fertil Discos (Arg). Their raw transformative performances have taken them to perform in festivals and concert halls in over a dozen countries, including places as diverse as USA, Germany, Indonesia, Australia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Hungary, Spain and more.

Uji’s debut track, a highly acclaimed remix of Ecuadorian artist Mateo Kingman, was recently released with AYA Records. His second single Romper el Hechizo, featuring Argentine trio Fémina was released on Mexican boutique label Shika Shika, and has garnered recognition from Red Bull Music Academy and Univision, among others. Upcoming releases include remixes for Nicolá Cruz (vinyl release on Multi Culti), Wildlight (Jumpsuit Records), and Petrona Martinez (Chaco World Music)



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