Love it or hate it, but masquerades and electronic dance musicians fit like a hand in glove. Lead by the French house-robots of Daft Punk, dance-friendly household names like Deadmau5, SBTRKT and Dengue Dengue Dengue , all prefer to hide their faces behind a wall of foam and plastic when taking the stage. But as fancy-schmancy as the dogma may seem, this dolled-up anonymity actually serves an important function: One of the Holy Commandments of the house music scene is that the DJ shall be second to what really matters – the music.
But in the case of Peruvian Dengue Dengue Dengue, the masks also serve a double purpose. Dressed up like serpentine monsters straight out of Inka mythology, the looks of the Lima duo is incredibly befitting for their own sound: spacey dub and minimal techno coupled with a dark, tribal mysticism.
Listening (or even better, dancing) to their foreboding, psychedelic take on European club music and the native latino dance genre of cumbia, you’ll get a sense of being completely – both physically and mentally – lost in the jungle’s heart of darkness. In other words, not unlike the unsettling mood of the ending scene in Francis Ford Coppolas masterpiece Apocalypse Now! Both members – Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira – also being graphic designers, there should be no doubt that the visuals is a great part of their audiovisual club shows.
Dengue Dengue Dengue will play during Oslo World Music Festivals dedicated club night at Blå on November 1st, together with DJ Marfox & DJ Nigga Fox.
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Text: Kim Klev