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Introducing COSAQUITOS EN GLOBO

COSAQUITOS EN GLOBO are the latest act from Argentina looking to make their fortune in Europe.

Comprising of Maru Pardo Saguier (vocals), Sebastian Cordoves (synths/programming) and Pablo Lewin (guitars), ‘Fantasy’ from their eponymous debut album is a perfect demonstration of their strong melodies based around club friendly synthetic grooves. From their 2010 album ‘Moving Under’, ‘The System Is Running Out’ is immediately impressive with its thunderous rhythms and Kling Klang synths.

The deep rich vocal makes it almost sound like THE MOTELS fronting a dance enhanced KRAFTWERK. Continuing the new wave disco template, ‘Out Of Presence’ has the panache of BERLIN crossed with MUNICH MACHINE while ‘Silence’ pulses marvellously into oblivion.

With influences such as NEW ORDER, GIORGIO MORODER, THE HUMAN LEAGUE, FISCHERSPOONER, LADYTRON and PJ HARVEY, their live energy perhaps has more in common with rock rather than electronic music. Their sound is meaty, a synthesized power pop fusion with Pablo’s rockist six-string sitting handsomely next to Sebastian’s squelch games.

The new EP ‘Voy A Buscart’e may signal a shift towards a more guitar led direction but the strong electro orientation of their original sound remains an indispensable aspect of COSAQUITOS EN GLOBO. Not afraid to experiment or play with language, new songs such as ‘No Es Igual’ are voiced exclusively in Spanish to give them that extra shot of Latin seductiveness.


Their new EP ‘Voy A Buscarte’ is available as a free download from the COSAQUITOS EN GLOBO website.

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Text by Chi Ming Lai
26th June 2011

SHH Interview

SHH are Diana Huarte and Daniel Gorostegui. Hailing originally from the party city of Buenos Aires, SHH create stylish, intelligent electronic pop that’s crammed with big tunes and rampages through everything from Italo to indie, house to punk.

They have already released two albums ‘SHH’ and ‘Gaucho Boy’ via the in Argentine indie label Oui Oui Records.

With an exciting year in the offing, SHH are about to unleash their first UK product with Wonderful Night and Tiger coupled together as a lushly packaged seven inch vinyl single.

Vocalist Diana could be described as frisky blonde bombshell collision of GRACE JONES, LADY GAGA and IGGY POP. She talked to ELECTRICITYCLUB.CO.UK recently about SHH’s plans for the coming year, the fun of writing songs in two languages and her love of DEPECHE MODE.

You trained in opera but have ended up doing electronic pop ‘Buenos Aires Style’, how did this happen?

At the end of the nineties I found myself in a small discotheque in Buenos Aires. I had a project with a group of friends to promote an afternoon opera club! The place we had found was perfect so I went and spoke to the resident DJ, to see how we could get the club. That DJ was one Daniel Gorostegui.

Well, the ‘Afternoons of Opera’ never happened but Dany and I became friends, talking about music, listening to bands like PORTISHEAD, MASSIVE ATTACK and ADD N TO X who of course had Alison Goldfrapp singing on some of their records. The idea of having a band together almost appeared as a joke. But when I first wrote and sang my own songs, the sensation of that was so much better than the interpretation of opera’s arias that I simply couldn’t stop.

SHH released two albums in Argentina which were quite successful but you have ambitions in the English language electro market which could be said to include Scandinavia and Germany as well as the UK and US. What has motivated this and was it a difficult decision to make?

When we started the band, the first lyrics were in English because that was the language of the music, the good pop music we always have heard. Also, words in English are shorter and have more consonants than Spanish words, so, rhythmically, English sounded better.

I started to sing in Spanish because we had to make a song for a compilation for Sony Music and when I finished the song (about the sensations I had when my mother died), I liked it. I also found that people were better able to understand my lyrics – the same is now happening here in the UK now that I’m singing in English once again. Nowadays I can honestly say that I feel comfortable singing either in Spanish or English.

Singing for me is about the transference of feelings. So, if more people understand English than Spanish and are able to like my music (and perhaps even buy it!), well, let’s do it in English!

So will you be re-recording some of your songs in English for a ‘new’ release? How have you found translating the lyrics while still trying to maintain the emotional impact of the originals?

Definitely yes, we are recording our songs in English for that. The process of composing, or perhaps recomposing the lyrics which originally were in Spanish, well, unfortunately, it is not a translation from Spanish to English. That would be easier, perhaps!

I look for words which match the rhythm of the music more than trying to translate. I go with the words that sound the best. I try to respect the story but sometimes, when the words are changing other stories happen in my mind… it is double work but the result is better.

Even without understanding Spanish, I can tell your songs are passionate and sometimes very angry. What do you like to write about and are there any interesting stories behind some of the songs you would like to tell us about?

Sometimes, even though the phrases are different, the story is the same.

Take ‘Elena Hernandez’ – both English and Spanish songs are about the femicide in Ciudad Juarez in the north of Mexico and the indifference of their government to the questions of the families of those poor women.

‘Caceria!’ has become ‘Hunt’ in English, a lovely little serial killer song about a foreign waitress on the prowl for rich banker victims!

‘Sin Dormir’ and ‘Sleepless’ though, are different stories. The Spanish version is about a girl who takes many drugs, finds a cute boy in a discotheque and takes him to her house, only to discover that the boy just wants to talk and is completely stupid. It is also about breaking the preconception of a woman always looking for real love when sometimes they just want to have sex! The English version is completely different – another story just happened. We are recording the English song now so hopefully you’ll be able to hear the new story for yourself very soon.

With you based in London now and Dany still in Buenos Aires, how will you make the band work in a practical sense?

At the moment we are doing that with a lot of sacrifice and bad airline food. Dany has played quite a few gigs in London now and we’re currently planning some more gigs for the summer. Luckily Dany loves London, the food, the gigs, the record shops. Especially the record shops. I just came back from Buenos Aires where we were playing with SHH and recording some voices… in English.

Tell me about your likes and dislikes about living in London compared with Buenos Aires.

I’m very happy living in London and fortunately I travel to Buenos Aires for playing and visiting friends. Buenos Aires and London have lot in common, people are very friendly here. I’ve made lots of new friends since I moved here in 2008.

And I can get plenty of good Argentinian wines, which I love, here too. But, the London winter and the sun setting at 4pm, it’s horrible. It’s better than summer in Buenos Aires – 35 to 40 degrees heat all the time, I can’t stand that!

You covered DEPECHE MODE’s ‘Never Let Me Down Again’. Why did you choose that particular song and what do you find so inspiring about DM? I understand they are phenomenally popular in South America?

Yes, especially in Argentina, everybody loves DM! Well, perhaps almost everybody. We wanted to make a cover of a song we really liked, and that song simply flowed. It was part of my adolescence, my first nights in clubs. We liked the result of what we did: downtempo and with an end very similar to some old drunken jazz song sung in a dive.

Have you heard the Argentinian fronted Italo-disco act HEARTBREAK? Could SHH become like a female fronted companion to them?

Dany made me listen to HEARTBREAK (he makes everyone he meets listen to loads and loads and loads of good music). I saw them live when they were the supporting LA ROUX, great live band. I’ll definitely borrow some of Sebastian Muravchix’s moves. I think we’re a little more synth-pop though.

Who are your favourite electropop acts past and present?

I like really good pure pop that’s made with synths. I’ve seen LADY GAGA, MARSHEAUX, MIKRO, LA ROUX, PET SHOP BOYS and GOLDFRAPP since I’ve been in London. Then there’s also excellent underground London bands like VILE ELECTRODES and ELECTRO FALCO. From Buenos Aires I like NATU BELLA (although she’s now based in Sweden) and COSAQUITOS EN GLOBO. Now if only NEW ORDER would reform and play again…

And what are SHH’s immediate plans for the remainder of 2010?

We’re busy planning to release our first record in the UK. It will be a single, two songs in English and we are making sure that it is going to be something very special. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready – which is going to be really soon! Of course, it would be very rude to release a record and not have some gigs to celebrate – watch the MySpace for news about when we will be playing next! Then we have lots more songs to record, some old ones with their new English lyrics and some completely new ones. 2010 is going to be very exciting!


The ‘Wonderful Night’ b/w ‘Tiger’ seven inch vinyl single which will also include a CD single of both tracks will be available in early September 2010. Their albums ‘SHH’ and ‘Gaucho Boy’ are still available

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Text and Interview by Chi Ming Lai
4th August 2010

Introducing SHH

Electropop is spreading its analogue wings across the globe and the next region to be falling under its spell is South America.

So it is therefore appropriate that the country with the most European influence, Argentina should become the leading exponent.

There’s already been the Anglo-Argentine duo HEARTBREAK with their 21st Century take on Italo-Disco but now we have a full-blooded beat combo in the wonderful SHH with theirElectronic Pop Buenos Aires Style.

SHH hail from Buenos Aires and have had domestic success with their own brand of sun-kissed electronic power pop.

Although the two albums ‘SHH’ and ‘Gaucho Boy’ released by Argentine indie label Oui Oui were sung mostly in Spanish, they’ve now adapted their sound with newly translated English lyrics for the prestigious Northern European electro market. Fronted by the alluring peroxide blonde Diana Huarte on vocals with Daniel Gorgostegui on synths and programming to complete the line-up, they recently played an energetic set at London’s Water Rats as part of their campaign for future international stardom.

Schooled in opera and brimming with charm, Diana’s vocals display a magnificent range which suits both uptempo opener ‘Tiger’ (‘Donde’ on ‘Gaucho Boy’) and ERASURE-esque ballads such as ‘Sleepless’ (‘Sin Dormir’ on ‘SHH’). The accented touch provides a sexy warmth to proceedings while the strong production values drive the tunes along with strong melodies and danceable techno rhythms.

They give us one of their earlier songs in Spanish called ‘Ausencias’ which features traditional accordion sounds and influences amongst all the electronica – you know when you’ve been tango-ed! Maybe TV dance show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (or ‘Dancing With The Stars’ for those of you reading from abroad) will feature a SHH song next time the gorgeous Ola Jordan tries to tackle the Argentine Tango with a hapless celebrity!! Meanwhile ‘Elena Hernandez’ is another ballad but possesses some of the percussive snap of BLANCMANGE plus a smattering of Tijuana brass!!

One of the highlights is ‘Hunt’ (‘Carceria’ from ‘Gaucho Boy’) which, as the title suggests, is a ferocious attack with a rockier edge to boot! It’s on songs like this where Diana’s spirited stage persona comes to the fore. They say Latinas are fiery and there certainly is a provocative passion in her live performance.

But the stand-out track from the set and the ‘Gaucho Boy’ album is ‘Wonderful Night’. Reminiscent of Greek power popsters MIKRO, it turns out the UK-domiciled Diana is a big fan and saw their debut London performance at The ICA in 2007. The chunky pulsing sequences to a solid beat and a rousing chorus are in the similar vein to MIKRO’s brilliant ‘Robonation’ or ‘Kalinihta’ so fans should certainly find the blissful optimism of SHH to their taste. After several well received appearances in England and Spain, further live dates are planned.


SHH’s music is available via iTunes and their MySpace.

www.myspace.com/shhsounds


Text by Chi Ming Lai
15th March 2010