If Super Guachin’s Piratas Y Fichines EP sounds a little cheesy and late-20th century, that’s because that’s exactly what it was going for. Luciano and Ignacio Brasolin, the two brothers of the Argentinian electronic duo Super Guachin, charge in the general direction of the bassosphere equipped with computer noises, old video game consoles and pixelated imagery. The recently-retro aesthetic fulfills the duo’s on-purpose campiness that starts with its name, which translates to something along the lines of “super bastard.”
The Brasolin brothers play their music on a keyboard and some old game consoles, like a Game Boy and a Commodore 64, a feat you can see performed here. Piratas Y Fichines is littered with samples from old computer programs and video game noises. The brothers goofball their way through five Latin electro tracks that sound as pixelated as the graphics they favor in videos and the album artwork, pitting a saw-like mid-range bass against a catchy South American melody. Super Guachin’s synths buzz more often than they pierce, creating tracks as coarse as sandpaper.
The tracks on Piratas Y Fichines are not very different from one another, but to Super Guachin’s credit, Latin-electro bass-dance music isn’t exactly a well-traveled genre. So far the brothers have made it their job to carve out a sound without worrying about much more than lighthearted fun, a sound that is at once fresh and new but distinctly South American.
The Brasolin brothers are natives to Argentina, where the Zizek nightclub has hosted many like-minded acts hoping to program Latin music with digital inspiration. For Super Guachin, that means salsa-influenced melodies created on outdated video game consoles and a healthy serving of boyish humor: The first track on the album, “Un Pirata Soy,” features lyrics about being a pirate (translating here!) and, in a less forgivable display of boy-humor, a big belch. You guys are cute, but not that cute—I’m wearing headphones.