Pelada are a Montreal-based duo comprised of vocalist Chris Vargas, of Colombian heritage, and Tobias Rochman, who contributes a raw mix of rave synths, acid basslines, breakbeats and dembow rhythms. They released the first full-length. Movimiento Para Cambio is out now via PAN.
According to the press release, The album uses the music as a mechanism for delivering ideas central to the group’s moral and political ethos as Vargas’ Spanish vocals explore themes of power, identity, surveillance and environmental justice. Though Vargas doesn’t identify as a woman themselves, they understand their experience as a woman in an imbalanced patriarchal society that excludes women, femmes and non-binary people.
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