Fiery Argentine trio Las Kellies made an explosive return with their fourth album Total Exposure, which is out now on Fire Records. The album features a wonderfully eclectic collection of tracks, drawing on their post-punk and punk roots with added inspired from reggae and dance music as well as bands like The Slits, ESG and 80's girl group Humpe Humpe. This beckons a new sound for the band, with the introduction of keyboards, synth drums and more harmonious vocals. The result is a splendidly seductive, cohesive album with a summer party-time, slow-groove vibe and sprinklings of Peaking Lights and Massive Attack.
Total Exposure shows Las Kellies leaning heavily on dub influences thanks partly to the involvement of Iván Diaz Mathé (Ivi Lee), one of the most influential reggae-dub producers in Buenos Aires - having worked with the likes of Lee "Scratch" Perry and Mad Professor. The album also features guest appearances from another reggae legend, Dennis Bovell (who mixed their last album) as well as The Make Up/Chain and The Gang frontman, Ian Svenonius.
Led by Ceci (guitar and vocals) and Sil (drums and vocals), Las Kellies formed in 2005 in Buenos Aires. They went on to release their raw debut Shaking Dog in 2007 (which was described by Everett True as "entirely ace"), followed by their Devo and ESG inspired 2009 album Kalimera and 2011 saw their first LP for Fire Records, Kellies, which received an 8/10 in the NME.
The album title Total Exposure is a reference to how Ceci and Sil fully immersed themselves in the composition and recording process. Their new album was cut at ION Studios, one of the most important studios in Buenos Aires, where a host of huge Argentine artists have recorded from both the rock scene as well as legends of tango and folklore. This had a huge impact on the outcome of the LP, lending a fuller, richer and more classic sound.
Their live shows are full of infectious energy, with their garage rhythms and teasing impertinence. They continue their European tour throughout October.
Remaining European Tour Dates (more tbc!):
10 Oct: Villamanuela Festival, Siroco, Madrid, Spain
11 Oct: Casa Independente, Lisbon, Portugal
18 Oct: Le Volume, Nice, France
19 Oct: Le Mistral Palace, Valence, France
21 Oct: Concrete, London, UK
22 Oct: The Greenhouse Effect, Hove, UK
24 Oct: Espace B, Paris, France