Wonderwheel recordings is proud to present the first full-length album from producer Robin Perkins, aka El Búho. Balance represents a meeting of different currents that make up Búho’s music: a fascination with the natural world,and its protection, a fascination with the rhythms, traditionsand sounds of Latin Americaand a fascination with modern electronic musicand production aesthetics. The album is peppered with Cumbia, Son Jarocho, Andean instrumentation & Afro-Colombian rhythms. Mixed with this, Robin integrates this idea of “nature music” – putting the sound of a misty forest, the songs of birds, of crunching leaves under foot or the rhythmic tapping of rain alongside synthesized sounds, electronic clicks or claps, deep basses. Trying at once to give them their own space but in a new, surprising perspective – it draws electronic music into something more soft, natural, differentand appealing.
Balance is also an album that celebrates communityand collaboration, showcasing collaborations with ten different artists form Latin Americaand beyond, both producers, instrumentalistsand singers. Including more of a lyrical presence than his previous EPs, Perkins solicited the participation of talented singers like Dina al Wedidi from Cairo, Luzmila Carpio from Boliviaand the incredible decimas of Mexican poet Citlaly Malpica. The album also features the likes of harpist Veronica Valerio, Argentine multi-instrumentalist Rumo Tumba, jarana player Pablo Emiliano from Mexican Son Jarocho group Semillaand members of the Shika Shika family (the global collective he co-run’s) Uji, Barrio Lindo, Kaleema, Minükand Jhon Montoya.
El Búho’s music has an incredible power to convey feelings, atmospheres, memories or messages. The message that sits behind this music is to value on the one hand the power of community, of collaborationand of our modern, globally, connected world but also the remembrance, protectionand celebration of the very earth we depend upon for our existence.