Borderline Latin: Infected Mushroom, Shrooms for the End of the World

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Borderline Latin is an exploration of the influence of Latin music in styles, places and rhythms beyond its traditional borders, and of different types of cross-pollination between Latin music and other musical creatures. Each week, we will feature a song or musical style whose rhythm, themes, melodic inflections or influences have earned it the name of Borderline Latin.

It’s an End-of-the-World weekend: time of chaos and rebirth. It’s hard to put together a Playlist for the Apocalypse. One person’s list could be filled with Norwegian black metal while somebody else’s may be loaded with tunes by José Alfredo Jiménez. I guess mine would include both Norwegian Satanica and Mexican Ranchera. And the more I think of it, the more I’m sure Infected Mushroom would be in it as well.

Infected Mushroom is touring the world as we speak. The spores of this duo’s mushroom experiments can be traced back to the land of Israel since the 1990s. Now, Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have infected Los Angeles, where they’re planning to perform on December 22 –only one day after the end of the Mayan Long Count, as part of their Fungus Among Us Tour. They’re also performing a DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl on January 16, 2013, after visiting the UK, South Africa, and a number of US cities. They’re an electronica duo, but as you peel out the layers, it’s easy to notice their style blurs a few borders, combining acoustic guitars and elements of rock, industrial, hip-hop, dubstep, and middle-eastern folk music –they seem to be OK with the label psytrance. In 2007, they released Vicious Delicious, where they tried their chances at a Spanish guitar for “Becoming Insane.” The song also features a few lines sung in Spanish by none other than Kinky’s own Gil Cerezo.

As of today other musicians have joined this duo, including a Brazilian percussionist –they’re starting to look more like a band: was it Kinky’s influence? Check out the video for “Becoming Insane” (available in ) and see how well (or not) their collaboration worked out. And make sure to survive the Apocalypse: a couple of shrooms may help.

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