Mati Zundel aka Lagartijeando
A veteran of Buenos Aires’ famed Zizek Club and one of the leading members of ZZK Records, Mati has emerged as one of Buenos Aires’ premier producers, pioneering a style that fuses experimental dance with everything from cumbia to bass music. Mati Zundel’s debut album Amazonico Gravitante blends dance music with música típica, a combination of tinku, huaynos, charangueada y bomba with electronic textures. Shaman chants and charango guitar loops form the backbone of Mati's songs, and tribal chants create the backbeat to percussion and bass. The result is a furiously original style that takes indigenous roots, and layers it with a contemporary sensibility, maintaining respect for ritual and tradition while pushing classic Latin influences into a cosmic future.
Recorded across Latin America, the songs on Amazonico Gravitante dive deep into Mati’s cumbia obsession – especially “Senor Montecostes,” “Zindud,” (featuring Ex- Bonde do Role singer Marina Gasolina), and “Cumbia de la Loviya,” – then push beyond the Argentine borders. In “La Montana” he uses Ecuadorean bombo rhythms. In “Por el Pueblo” the lyrics come from traditional Bolivian tarkas, flute music. Taken together, Amazonico Gravitante is an electrifying debut from an artist straight out of the future.
Mati's collaborations on the album create a musical map of his journeys traveling and composing throughout South America. Starting with Miss Bolivia from Argentina to Mexico by way of Canada via Boogat, to Uruguay with El Socio and heading up to Bolivia with Ciudad Satelite.