New Helado Negro Video – “Playas” (Stereogum Premiere)

The eclectic Brooklyn-via-South Florida sound sculptor Roberto C. Lange, aka Helado Negro, counts Funkadelic, DJ Premiere, South American 60’s pop, Arthur Russell, the Ecuadorean ballad singer Julio Jaramillo, and others as influences for his Latin-infused ambient/avant-pop weirdness. Also, he’s literally a sculptor: Among other things, he’s composed the music for “typewriters that self-type the lyrics to Grand Master Flash’s ‘The Message’ (in rhythm to the song, none-the-less)” in collaboration with David Ellis. To give you a deeper sense of his approach, Lange’s also collaborated with a variety of soundmakers like School of Seven Bells, Bear In Heaven, Paul Duncan, and has worked as a member/contributor to Prefuse 73 and Savath and Savalas. He creates a strange, flickering cut-and-paste smorgasboard, really. The Falcon Hawksome-directed video for “Playas,” a song from his Asthmatic Kitty debut Awe One, serves as a brief introduction.

And here’s Chris Keohane and David Ellis’ video for “Dahum.”Awe One is out via Asthmatic Kitty. You can also continue your research via his downloadable Twitter mini-album. Helado Negro’s going on a “5 Boroughs Tour” in a couple weeks before he does some shows outside of NYC.

08/22 – Queens, NY @ The Jackson #
08/23 – Bronx, NY @ Bruckner Bar & Grill %
08/24 – Manhattan, NY @ Cake Shop ^^
08/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Sycamore !
08/27 – Staten Island, NY @ Martini Red
08/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
09/03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks $
09/05 – Charlottesville, AL @ The Bridge
09/06 – Lynchburg, VA @ Speakertree Records $
09/07 – Charleston, SC @ Redux Contemporary Art Center $
09/08 – Greensboro, NC @ Lyndon Street Artworks $
09/09 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 $
09/10 – Jacksonville, FL @ Eclipse $
09/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe **
09/12 – Nashville, TN @ William’s House **
09/13 – Asheville, NC @ BoBo Gallery $
09/14 – Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head $

# w/ Rad Unicorn, Jason and Ajemian and the Highlife
% w/Jason Ajemian and the Highlife
^^ w/ Tavo Carbone and the Silent League
! w/ Luluc
$ w/ Jason Ajemian
** w/Jason Ajemian and the Paper Hats

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