GRV01 – Leonel Castillo – 1974
|Artist: Leonel Castillo
Title: 1974 / Corriendo Al Cometa
Format: 12″ Only
Cat. No: GRV 01
Release Date: 13th May 2012
|Chateau Flight – “This is such a GREAT ep! I like both of the tracks here!”
Gerd – “Now that is a really nice twelve!!”
Luke Solomon – “Corriendo al Cometa is a KILLER!! I’m a big fan of Leonel…”
Raresh – “This is such a SUPER EP Leonel!!! Def playing! Thank you!”
Ripperton – “Leonel strikes back!!! GREAT!”
Mysterious cult figure, Leonel Castillo is the best-kept secret the Argentine electronic music scene has brought forward so far. An icon and at the same time virtually unknown, Leonel is one of the most prominent Latin American talents. A stylistic chameleon and an ultra talented jack of all trades, he is hard to pinpoint, and even harder to categorize. Surfacing wherever it takes the vanguard talent, he’s been releasing music as Leonel Castillo and under various monikers – Arnold Slab, Boeing or Unknown Artista are some of his aliases – on labels as diverse as the legendary Estatus Discos, or Telegraph, Ilian Tape, Airdrop, Greener, Sushitech and of course on his own imprint, Groovear.
Constantly reinventing himself, Leonel Castillo manages to present his musical talent in an even more refined context every time one of his sought-after releases comes out, it´s impossible to predict his next steps. From remixing rock and pop giants such as Miranda! and the Babasonicos, to getting commissioned to remix Brandt Brauer Frick on !K7 Records and JT Donaldson on Classic, touring the States, to djing at underground club nights in his local “barrio” while finishing off his new releases, the Argentine artist has neither limits nor criteria which makes him so uttermost interesting and universal. Ranging from deep dub sounds to futuristic funk reminiscent of the earliest days, his music radiates acid and old school house of the boogiesque kind, paired with rock-bottom grooves which resonate the ancient spirit of early day techno while remaining absolutely timeless.
Called into existence in 2005 by Leonel Castillo, Groovear was conceived as an outlet for his countless monikers and projects. Groovear was initally designed as a netlabel in order to share the immense amounts of music produced by Leonel. The idea of endless sharing and downloading is something intrinsically connected to Argentinean history. No traditional record labels were able to operate after the introduction of the compact disc in the ’80s. Leonel Castillo put out a few releases between ‘05 and ‘07 under his different monikers – Boeing, Dubjack or Unknown Artista. 5 years later, the label has finally prepared its vinyl moment, presenting all aspects and dimensions of Castillo’s ideas.
The first vinyl editions of his own Groovear label will cut those facts into deep wax – starting with “1974” and “Corriendo Al Cometa“, two original unreleased numbers, on which Leonel develops his deep, hypnotic, techier and sometimes dubby sound.