The CONDUIT // 011 – Monopolar


// Monopolar //

Humberto Polar is my oldest client in terms age yet has the enthusiasm and passion of someone half his age, it’s truly inspiring to see some one embued with such vision and professionalism. In addition to laying his ass on the line for the past ten years with one of Latin America’s few successful techno labels – Pantamuzik – he’s recently started the Ombligo imprint – a label focusing on a wide range of alternative Latin musics ala Ghostly International. Here he cuts apart his standard Monopolar live set, one that has made him world renowned, and provides a special re-construction crafted specifically for the CONDUIT podcast series. We couldn’t be more thrilled.   – Sean-Michael Yoder

// Bio //

Carlos “Mono” Ramírez and Humberto Polar started Monopolar back on 2000, when they joined forces as Bogota’s La Sala Club resident djs. Before that, Mono had a succesful career as techno/industrial dj for 10 years. Polar had been an active jazz guitarist from mid 80s and had put his musical skills into experimental electronic production along the 90s. From making weekly joint dj sets, they moved swiftly to produce their own tracks and then to the live act. Their dj experience led them to an instant dancefloor ethos, but on top of that they decided to add a conceptual approach to their music: their latin american origin. Away from the cliches and the obvious sampling, their tracks are deeply rooted on the syncopated backbeat that defines the afrolatino sound through a contemporary techno and house vocabulary. Today the couple works online. Mono was a resident dj at La Sala until the club closed in early 2010. His sets have achieved an almost-mythical status among the bogotanian clubbers. Polar moved to Mexico City in 2003, and from 2006 spends part of the year in Berlin producing the music they both compose. They get together to perform live and tour. Now Polar leads the Monopolar live act. From 2008 they’ve played constantly in different venues of Berlin such as Suicide Circus, Club Der Visionaere, Madcheninternat. They’ve toured  Dessau, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lima, México. They also made showcases at Proton Radio (Los Angeles) and Lexy & K-Paul Komisch Elektronisch. They´ve shared the stage with the likes of Noze, Samim, Richie Hawtin, Dinky, Josh Wink , Ambivalent, John Selway, Dan Curtin, Miss Kittin, David Carreta, Diego Ro-k, Alexi Delano y they were selected for the Mutek Mexico 5th Anniversary edition. They´ve released on Pantamuzik (their own label), SoundSelective Records (New York/Milano) and Evolved Records (London). Recently, they won the We Love Remix Contest with a remix for Tiefschwarz’s “Yeah”.  On 2010, After a busy year producing other musicians and working with his dubstep band, Guajira, Humberto Polar returns to the dancefloor with Camila EP, released on Pantamuzik.

// Links //

// Current Releases //

Monopolar – Me Preocupan Otras Cosas – Pantamuzik
Dompe  – Shadows – Shitfuck Records
Monopolar – Despacio – Blaq


The CONDUIT // 010 – Razz


// Razz //

Razz is one of those guys you want to have in your corner in this biz. The guy continually apologizes for his bad English but somehow does better than most of my native tongued friends, that’s because he’s part mischief maker and humble artist. In an age of overinflated egos both of those qualities go a long way.

As co-owner of Pantamuzik he’s unleashed some devastatingly great cuts like Altiplano that seem simple but are effective with a mix of traditional rootsy rhythms and futuristic synthesis that is unique. I suppose some of that unique sound comes from his days a skateboarding drummer on the streets of Buenos Aires. Today he calls Mexico City home, a place for him to live and make money as a professional musician without having to sacrifice his dignity in the process. You can hear his powerful skin work on the debut album from Guajira “Aguadiente” on Ombligo to get a better understanding of how good this guy is but here he dissects the past 10 years of Pantamuzik with a cookin’ mix that really moves. Quite a way to start the new year!   – Sean-Michael Yoder

// Tracklisting //

1. Dich – Rubios & Gobidos (Razz Remix) – Darek Recordings
2. Razz – Chorro (Original Mix)
3. Razz – Altiplano (Argenis Brito Remix) – Pantamuzik
4. Shonky – Marabautage (Original Mix) – Freak N Chik
5. Israel Vich – Fotografias Viejas ( Remix) – Pantamuzik
6. Miki Gonzalez & Monopolar – Otra Marinera (Original Mix) – Pantamuzik
7. Razz – Viaje (Original Mix) – Pantamuzik
8. Razz – Hondo (Original Mix) – Blaq Records
9. Jay Haze & Guajira – Guajira (Special Edit) – Pantamuzik
10. Miguel Toro – Kurduca (Piek Remix) – Pantamuzik

// Bio //

A few years ago a dj collective crashed into the Buenos Aires scene with a fresh idea: InDaMix was an intense and creative approach to dancefloor-driven turntablism by Neb, Facundo Piñeiro, Wan Lee y Panther, playing on 8 hands. They taught Razz how to mix, and soon thereafter he was a part of those mytical parties, djing back to back with his mentors. But his love for electronic music comes back from 1990 as an early fan of Z95 radio station and rave parties at Parque Sarmiento. Trained as a drummer, he decided to switch to turntables to express his particular ideas about groove. His career led him to play in an overwhelming number of parties and venues in Argentina, along with practically every fellow artist in that competitive scene. His residencies at Superclub (Buenos Aires News), BPM, Opera Bay and the Garage party speak loud about his talent. He moves to Mexico to become a part of Pantamuzik artist roaster as a DJ, with the task of researching, finding and spinning quality music made in Latin America that hasn’t been discovered yet.

// Links //!/Razzmusic

// Current Releases //

Guajira, Jay Haze – Guajira – Pantamuzik
Razz – Hondo – Blaq Records
Razz – Altiplano – Pantamuzik