#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with Orieta Chrem (PER, Qmulus Sound / BQestia)

Check out this week’s edition of Friday Selekts with a eclectic selection of music from Orieta Chrem’s collection. Lots of world music influences, and also some records that are close to her heart.

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Already becoming an established household name in the Peruvian electronic music scene, sound engineer, music producer and DJ Orieta Chrem is one to remember in the books.

Orieta Chrem’s identity as a DJ is almost impossible to define, as her multi-faceted influences are as diverse as they are global. Her love for worldwide beats meets her roots in dubstep and techno, creating eclectic DJ sets that truly defined her place in her craft. She was the first Peruvian female to be chosen to participate to the Red Bull Music Academy in Rome in 2004. A woman of many talents, she’s shown her prowess through her involvement with multiple projects – being part of an organization of avant-garde audiovisual events, managing a radio show in a national radio station, label owner of Barcelona-based BASAL, studio owner of Qmulus, and recently along with other bass passionates – Bqestia, one of the only few DIY soundsystems in Lima. Her other musical pursuits besides Djing and production includes her solo project as La Crema, Any Shape with Danish producer Jespere, and also her girl-band MENORES. 2017 saw some big moves in her career when she was chosen to play in the first-ever Boiler Room set in Lima, alongside Loefah, Madam X and Kahn, and also being part of the first Peruvian event from Dutch platform Red Light Radio.

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1. Susso – Keira

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“This is one of my favourite “African Beat” records of all time. And for me, also one of the best releases from the great label “Soundway”. Susso is a collaborative project between the Susso and Kuyateh families of Gambia, with UK producer bassist Huw Bennett. It’s a beautiful fusion between traditional African, electronic and contemporary sounds.
As the word “Keira” means peace, it really speaks to me that when I listen to it. Two of my favourite tracks of this album are “Bani” and “Tomora”.”

2. Howie Lee – Mù Chè Shān Chū

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“I went to a record shop called Space Hall on my last trip to Berlin in 2017. I picked this record because of the art. Really love the colours, and it remind me of a Peruvian mountain called “Ausangate”, also called the “7 Colour Mountain”. I got a big surprise when I listened to it… was a really nice new discovery. Howie Lee manages to fusion Chinese instruments beautifully with bassy percussions. I find it very original and playful.”

3. Juana Molina – Halo

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“In 2017 I had the honour to open for Juana Molina’s debut concert in Lima – Perú, with my band “Menores”. It was the first time I had a chance to listen to her live, and she really trapped me into her magic sonic world. She is a very charismatic woman, and you can feel that in her music even though it can also be very trippy and psychedelic. Love the effect in her voice and also her lyrics. My favourite of this album is: “Lentísimo Halo”, which is incredibly sexy and hypnotic.”

4. DJ Rashad – Double Cup

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“This was the first footwork record I bought, and I never get tired to listen to it over and over again. Always works for drinking something at home with friends before going out, turns the party on and gives good vibes. Every single track in this LP is a soulful anthem. Rest in peace Rashad, you really left a treasure to the world. <3”

5. Africaine 808 – Basar

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“I love the art on this LP. I didn’t know Africaine 808 until I got this record, and now this duo is in my top 10 favourite producers. All the tracks in this album have something special with different styles, and it is a good example of records that takes you into a rich musical journey through different soundscapes and cultures. This record is a beautiful blend between Techno / West African rhythms / House / Disco / Leftfield beats. Love every single track on it, but my favourite one is “Language of the Bass”.”

6. MF Doom – Special Herbs Vol. 5 & 6

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“This is part of a series of instrumental works from MF DOOM. You can’t go wrong with MF DOOM! It’s probably one of the most played records in my collection, pretty good listening for cooking, drawing or any kind of work in the house. I love the feeling and emotions it transmits to me. There’s no way I can be upset or be in a bad mood after listening to this. This special mix of herbs always feels like it’s healing me.”

7. Dengue dengue dengue – Siete Raices

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“The Dengues are good friends of mine and I’ve shared many musical experiences through life with them. They started this Afro Peruvian research some years ago, after experimenting more with Cumbia in the first album. The name of the release comes from a popular aphrodisiac alcohol from the Peruvian jungle… I remember when we were kids with
Felipe, we used to go to a bar with special jungle alcohols like “Rompe Calzon” “Levántate Lázaro” “21 Raices”, etc. You should check out the video of one of the tracks “Guarida” (feat. Sara Van), it’s an amazing track full of nostalgic landscapes with the incredible voice of Sara Van.

8. Daphni – Jiaolong

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“The first time I listened to the band Caribou was in Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona. I fellin love with this band immediately. After buying Caribou’s record “Swim”, I discovered Daphni (Caribou’s main man). This project is more club friendly and is one of those albums I never get tired os listening to and always work well on the dancefloor.”

9. Clap! Clap! – A Thousand Skies

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“I can’t get any better for me when an album is an ode to the sky and specially to the stars. Clap! Clap! is one of the most interesting projects I’ve been listening of late. I love how he blends different styles and world soundscapes, specially of African influence. This album is one of my favourites of 2017, there’s a lot of light in it and it takes me to some beautiful cozy dimensions.”

10. Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri With Mbene Diatta Seck – Xale

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“This was one of the first records I bought when I was getting trapped by African beats. Mark Ernestus was a really good introduction to this world, after being well known for his projects Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound, and his record shop Hard Wax. He went on this tribal journey travelling to Africa to work with Senegalese vocalist Mbene Diatta Seck and percussion corps Jeri-Jeri. The rhythm of dance music they are playing is called Mbalax, which is originally from Senegal. It’s a total trip to dance along this record, it’s a perfect therapy!”

 

Check out more from Orieta Chrem on her Boiler Room set in Lima and her Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/orieta-chrem

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