Part of the burgeoning wave of exciting new electronic artists and producers coming out of Latin America right now, Lila Tirando a Violeta draws on an eclectic array of influences within her music from cyberpunk anime to Latin music, pop anthems and club sounds. And the result is as unique and exhilarating as you might expect. With her new album Limerencia out now, the Uruguayan producer shares five tracks that have influenced her.

The most personal of her releases to date, Limerencia was written during a period of recovery and this intimacy manifests in a visceral emotivity throughout the album. Lila crafts intricate experimental soundscapes that contain multitudes of expression, offering tenderness and warmth alongside icy dissonance. Yet whilst this introspective and meditative essence is at the core of the record and its creation, Lila distills this personal reflection and corporeal recognition into a captivating fusion of skewed club bangers and spectral incantations.

Alongside releasing her new album last Friday, Lila Tirando a Violeta has also contributed to Houndstooth’s upcoming Alterity compilation, and she also forms one half of playful pop duo A.M.I.G.A.

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Weyes Blood – Andromeda

I don’t listen to as much contemporary electronic music as my albums indicate. I am a huge fan of intense lyrics & deep vocal ranges, revisiting old folk and new wave albums constantly. Weyes Blood released Titanic Rising in early 2019, right when I was in the middle of recording Limerencia, it made a huge impact on me. A song inspired on the galaxy by the same name, honestly I haven’t heard such poetic lyrics & vocals for a long time— perfectly accompanied by LinnDrums, the drum machine that some of my favorite artists like Kate Bush and Gary Numan frequently used.

Gaika – Born Thieves 

Gaika’s vocals and lyrical storytelling always give me the goosebumps. In his own words, “Basic Volume” is a collection of alchemical parables for all the Immigrants who wander the earth in search of themselves. That resonates with me a lot.  I listened to that album nonstop during my last European tour, where I met Lao and he requested me to make an album for NAAFI. I remember a particular night driving around London listening to this song on repeat. The production of the release is spectacular, featuring two close friends and frequent collaborators, Nick León and PRJCTN.

Muslimgauze – Mumbai Vibe Garden

I wouldn’t be lying if I said I constantly keep discovering new Muslimgauze music. The political depth transmitted through his music is something quite unique. His sampling techniques are remarkable and have inspired me a lot and the strongly rhythmic drums on his songs have certainly been a strong influence for Limerencia.

Arthur Russell – Your Motion Says

Arthur Russell’s prolificness is otherworldly, nobody can deny his legacy has made a huge impact on all kinds of contemporary musicians, from mainstream pop acts to experimental avant-garde artists. Going from innovative dance tunes to the most poetic story-telling folk songs in the blink of an eye. That is something I have always kept in mind while making music, not being afraid of constantly exploring new genres and instruments.

Broadcast – Corporeal

Since I was a teenager Broadcast has been one of my favorite bands. But for some reason Tender Buttons wasn’t my album of choice by them up until last year, when I started listening to it nonstop on my several visits to the hospital, this track in particular. The hazy synths and distorted bass, accompanied by Trish’s mystical vocals ’’Under the x-ray, I’m just a vertebrate’’ the lyrics resonate with me a lot on a personal level.

Buy: Limerancia (out on NAAFI now)