Sunsplash and VFRO’s Future Sounds of Venezuela11 March, 2015
Not everything is doom and gloom in Venezuela. This is clear. In fact, all anyone needs to do is take one look at the music, art and film being made in the country to know that the culture is strong, no matter how confusing/tough/frustrating (delete as applicable) the political situation may appear. Two artists helping add some sabor to musical proceedings are Sunsplash and VFRO.
Just four days ago the duo teamed up to publish this little ditty on Soundcloud, a trap-inspired slice of tropical EDM full of invention and, I’ll say it again, “flavour”:
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But it’s on their own that we’re more familiar with the work of these two. Sunsplash, in particular, is an artist that has been around for some time now, producing his own brand of futurepop, heavily influenced by electronic music and tropical bass – as well as seapunk (just look at his artwork!) – but always with a smooth r&b/pop sensibility to it. In February, he released his latest EP, 13, which is available to listen/download below (have a listen to last track “Chimes”, one of his simplest and most glorious tracks to date):
Sunsplash has also been working with Venezuelan singer MPeach lately. You can listen to his latest collaboration with the singer here.
We know less about VFRO, other than that he’s signed to the Cocobass stable and is more heavily influenced by the sound of trap, as can be heard on his Combo EP from last year. One of the highlights of that release was the track “Yela Yela Yela” which earnt itself this video – directed by Clarisa Quintero and Elvira Blanco -, a rather amusing and watchable parody of sexualisation and tropicalism:
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