A raw blend of moody acid house and gnarly Detroit techno. Trimmed with a punk ethos and lit with political charging. Pelada, the Montreal-Berlin duo of vocalist Chris Vargas and producer Tobias Rochman, inflect a heavy presence. Pelada fuels the tension found between studied reserve and all-out wilding. Vargas’ lyrics, shouted out in a white-knuckled Spanish, arrive in short, emphatic spurts while Rochman’s subtly constructed jamz weave into a calculated frenzy. The duo’s first EP was re-released last fall (and sold out on the spot) by the Franco-Japanese MIND Records. A whirlwind tour of Europe’s finest clubs and bunkers followed in early 2017, leaving Pelada poised to break. Known for their infectious, high-energy live sets, this relentless duo is effectively the essential OBEY party act: whipsmart, insurgent and powerful.
There’s an immediacy to live performance that can be so difficult to capture in a recording. Much of Pelada’s appeal comes from the raw energy of their live show, and their recent self-titled debut EP, is a perfect distillation of that sound. - VICE