Artwork: Flavio Bagioli
If anything else, the MUTEK organization has played an instrumental, almost pivotal, role in exposing the undermined and vastly talented collective of South American electronic producers to North Americans, and to the world at large. Now, after several years of fostering this underground scene with prestigious live venues, MUTEK_REC takes great pride in committing to disc the ongoing collaboration between Chilean acolytes Pier Bucci and Daniel Nieto, aka Skipsapiens. As a solo artist, Pier Bucci has become somewhat of an elder statesman on the Chilean electronics circuit. He began his producing career seven years ago with a track on the Austral compilation on Chilean label Ruta 5, and has gone on to release work on the Background, WMF, and Peacefrog labels, to name but a few. He is also a member of the Chilean outfit Mambotur and a frequent collaborator of Lucien and Luciano. Daniel Nieto (aka Danieto) has been experimenting with bits and beats since the late 90s, but his breakthrough came a couple of years later, in 2002, when the Traum label, issued one of his remixes for the artist Process. Earlier this year, he released his proper debut album on the Chilean U-Cover Records, a record that employs dubby rhythms, high tech constructions, heavy bass, IDM melodies, bleeps, piano, and warm electronic textures all wrapped in a very personal style. Four years after their self-titled debut emerged on UCover, MUTEK_REC will issue ECO. It’s an album that showcases the growth and development of what both producers are capable of doing, given the right times and the proper audiences. Chilean electronic music has learned lessons from Berlin, but what it knows it filters through the heat, passion, and fatalism of South American history. If you’re a fan of Ricardo Villalobos or Atom Heart, then Skipsapiens belong in your record collection.