New Music: fLako: Kuku EP Stream + Video
Listen to London producer fLako's intriguing new Chilean-soul influenced beats.
fLako - Dario Rojo Guerra - is a German-raised, London-based producer, with Chilean roots, that’s been making incredible, mystical and atmospheric music for a while now. International music tastemaker Gilles Peterson once rated fLako as the ‘most highly rated emerging producer’ out right now. For some reason though; he seems to keep a low profile most of the time; despite being up there with producers such as Lapalux, or Flying Lotus, when it comes to his talent for making wonky electronic tracks. However, that looks set to change; with a new EP out now, and debut full-length on the way.
It’s been nearly three years since fLako’s last EP Eclosure, although we were lucky enough to get a big dose of fLako via his work on Eglo Records' singer Fatima’s debut album, Yellow Memories, that came out on Eglo, as well as the B Side on her incredible Family / La Neta 12” – Black Dough (listen HERE). The ethereal beatmaker has recently dropped a new EP (or 'maxi single' in fLako’s words): entitled Kuku, it’s out now on East London experimental pop / electronic label Five Easy Pieces. As per all of fLako’s work, the Kuku EP is rich in sonic texture and bursting with atmosphere. Mixing synthwork, vocals and recorded instrumentation, it’s a soothing and intriguing listen.
Kuku will be followed up by an LP – Natureboy – fLako’s debut full length – on March 23rd, on double gatefold vinyl for the music nerds, and digital of course. Natureboy is billed as a 'bridge to a new musical identity for fLako, with the artist leaning more towards the South American soul, folk and cumbia of his youth, than his usual hip hop influenced, instrumental beatwork. The album also features vocals from Eglo artist Dirg Gerner.
Watch the meditative video for the beautiful Kuku below, and stream the EP:
Listen to one of our favourite fLako tracks from the vault, Honey Drips, below: