Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile a playlist of tracks that are resonating with them.
From Helado Negro, to you ~
I’ve put together a playlist of music from friends and folks whose music has traveled with me over the years. It’s a long list and the order can be shuffled. Music from close friends like Xenia Rubinos, Ela Minus, Lori Scacco and collaborators L’Rain, Zenizen, Buscabulla. All folks who mean so much to me as friends but also whose work I deeply admire. Also humans I don’t know but whose work I adore like Luiza Brina, Maria Marquez, Eduardo Mateo. Strong Latin America representation here : )
Listen and let these tunes lay in your brain.
“Laugh Clown” – Xenia Rubinos
“Canto del Pilon” – Frank Harris, Maria Marquez
“A.R.P.” – Ela Minus
“Bat” – L’Rain
“Quiero” – Divino Niño
“Ciudad Desnuda” – Maria Usbeck
“Costi” – Luiza Brina
“Cuerpo y Alma” – Eduardo Mateo
“Alright” – Tasha
“Titán” – Buscabulla
“Follow the Leader” – Zenizen
“This Love” – Bobby Oroza
“Enchanted Mirror” – Luiz Bonfá
“A La Nit” – Savath & Savalas
“Green” – KAINA
“Cuatro Crazy” – Y La Bamba
“Folia” – Luisa Maita
“Guaracha U.F.O – No Estamos Solos…” – Meridian Brothers
“So I Don’t Feel Useless” – Dianna Lopez
“Como Será Que a Música Começa” – Luiza Brina
“Uiuí” – EVHA
“Dr. Tom” – IGBO, Mono Neon
“How Beautiful Could A Being Be – Ao Vivo” – Caetano Veloso
“Ampárame” – Combo Chimbita
“Barlovento” – Bairoa
“My Boyfriend’s in the Band” – Devendra Banhart
“Frío (feat. Helado Negro)” – Buscabulla
“Back to Electric” – Lori Scacco
“Echo Arms” – Mr Twin Sister
“La Neta” – Fatima
“Todo Homem” – Ao Vivo – Zeca Veloso, Caetano Veloso, Moreno Veloso
“Nostalgia Del Futuro” – NOIA
“Reeling Then Again (feat. Tim Delaney)” – Lori Scacco, Tim Delaney
“Love Like (Knock It Off)” – Gemma
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As Helado Negro and the Smile Band, Roberto Carlos Lange and his faithful music-making companions recreate the sounds of This Is How You Smile for Live at KCRW, a recording of the ensemble’s inspired performance on Jason Bentley’sMorning Becomes Eclectic.
Helado Negro shares “Running,” the third offering from his upcoming album This Is How You Smile. “Running” follows recent singles “Pais Nublado” and “Please Won’t Please,” leading us further down the road to Roberto Carlos Lange’s sixth record.
“‘Running’ is a poem. In it, I’ve buried sentiments and personal histories. Most of it is just for me and some for you,” says Lange. “The song started as a voice memo recording I made while on a trip to Mexico City in 2016. I was waiting outside of a restaurant to eat dinner, and I was feeling awkward and anxious, so I decided to be still and listen to everything around me and come up with a melody to sing into my phone.”
Director David Merten paces through the gentle spaces of “Running” in his video for the single. “I intentionally shot and edited the video with a frenetic pace to counter the mellow vibe of the song. The video concept was based around trying to outrun the past, while repeating it. Running in circles with no true end to the journey,” says Merten.