ZZK Records is an independent record label born out of the Zizek Club nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We got started in 2008 when a lightbulb went off in our heads. We love what we do, we love the music we release, the artists we work with, the stories we tell. Does it show? Good.
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Late Night Laggers
From our home base in Los Angeles, CA, Late Night Laggers is focused on designing, curating and producing global music and culture experiences that inspire artists and fans to celebrate the world around us.
Through our DJ sets and events, we thrive on highlighting burgeoning underground artists and movements from the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Africa, each time taking a step closer to our ultimate goal of making sounds and cultures from around the world more familiar to all.
Global bass party in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles. Tropical funk, cumbia, hip-hop and flamenco ... with resident selectors El Canyonazo, Gozar and DJ Ethos.
King Coya, from the Northern Argentine Andes, is the digitalized, imaginary version of Gaby Kerpel, who blends traditional Colombian cumbia and Argentine folklore with electronic music.
Gaby Kerpel is a renowned Argentine composer whose credits include the score to De La Guarda and Fuerza Bruta and a soundtrack on Island Records of the same. Cumbias de Villa Donde is a collection of original down-tempo, electro folklorica that bridges indigenous music out of South America with global dance. Through King Coya, Gaby Kerpel reinterprets classic Colombian and Peruvian cumbias in the Zizek sound. The album includes guest appearances from Grammy-nominated Petrona Martinez and the renowned Cucu Diamantes. It’s the kind of record that redefines world music, allowing the listener a personal stake in audio globe trotting: King Coya’s music is both accessible and timeless, taking you home to the Andes mountains and beyond.
King Coya tracks came out of live sets at Zizek Club, performing in front of dancing crowds in Buenos Aires. With Cumbias de Villa Donde, his vision of cumbia and electro folklorica is an original take on the genres, in the Zizek spirit, where world music hits the global dance scene. Rich, layered compositions blend new world with old, the East and the West, in an exercise in digital cross-global pollination that has made the Zizek sound famous.
Coya is a term used in Northern Argentina, referring to a local in a yarn cap, reserved in nature and small in stature, playing an instrument like the charango; the mini guitar used in Argentine folk music. Gaby, through King Coya, has made himself into the purveyor of laid-back, electro-folk infused with cumbia, hip hop, and reggae, enriched by voices from diverse global regions, while maintaining the flavor of South America. King Coya’s ZZK Records release takes the traditional sound of the Andes and gives it space to reach into new realms and take risks. The result is songs like "El Hueso + Niño que llora en los montes de Maria", where soulful Petrona Martinez gets reinvented for a multitude of whirling dancers. Some celebrated artists included on the album are Axel Krygier, La Yegros and Gato Muñoz. King Coya also reinvents Lulacruza, Los Tucanes de Tijuana and Tremor in his signature style.
About the Artist
Gaby Kerpel has a long relationship with alternative folklorica, having brought the genre to the theater first with the De La Guarda production and later with FuerzaBruta. His music has graced stages in Buenos Aires, New York, London, Las Vegas, Mexico City, Montreal, Belgrade, Zurich, Tokyo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Seoul, Sydney, Milan, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Valencia, Madrid, Istanbul, Monterrey and Bogotá. He partnered with British producer Howie B on the second De La Guarda record, released in 2001, and in 2003 he released a solo album, Carnabailito, on Nonesuch Records in Argentina. Carnabailito took him to Los Angeles and then to New York where he worked on the live show before returning to BA to work on Fuerza Bruta in 2005.
In 2007 he redesigned his live performance by taking on King Coya at Zizek Club in Buenos Aires. Shortly after, he performed in New York on the Zizek Collective SXSW tour that debuted the Zizek sound internationally, along with label mates El Trip Selector, Tremor and El Remolón in an electro-folklorica sound system.
King Coya came out of a desire to play a live show that could be flexible, mobile, and back to basics. As a composer, Gaby Kerpel is at present collaborating with Oscar-winner Gustavo Santaoalla. As King Coya, he’s plotting a course with a fresh sound, both on stage and on record, and growing it into his own.
A voice emerges, materializing, curing. Analog feelings, ancestral glitch.
Along the sun’s cosmic belt, the renewal of Argentine folktronics takes another twist: the movement - regional, continental and global - has emerged with a strong female presence in the Buenos Aires scene. Enter Dat García, one of the freshest and most captivating female artists out there right now. ZZK Records welcomes her to the family and invites you to listen to her 1st album, Maleducada (Un or poorly educated).
Maleducada is Dat’s way of expressing and exorcizing through song the bad emotional upbringing common among so many young people of her generation, the children of adults censored during the tough times of 1980s Argentina, when the military dictator-ship silenced, oppressed and even murdered many of those dedicated to artistic or po-litical expression. While women were brought up to be respectable housewives and good mothers, the youth of an empowered generation was born alongside democracy and today they walk the streets of Buenos Aires.
Dat is one of the spokeswomen and storytellers of the new women’s movement that questions traditional values and emphasizes body consciousness to construct a new more equal society.
“We weren’t taught to be free to feel, nor were we taught to eat well or look after our bodies. Researching this made me realize that we are emotional machines, and that can translate into health or disease,” says Dat, who during the production of the album went through a healing process to recover from a rare form of cancer, which motivated her investigation into the power of the emotional over the physiological and expression as healing therapy. That’s where Maleducada came from.
Dat García grew up in Monte Grande, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, and from a young age she was involved in Argentine folklore music. In 2013, she immersed her-self in digital music, opening up a world of tools for expressing her inner sounds, with the help of Pedro Canale aka Chancha Via Circuito. There, Dat started to flirt with the idea that styles ranging from chacarera to trip hop, sounds of synths, charango and flutes, could all be mixed together. Her powerful music is composed with lyrics that in-vite the listener into her world and a groove in which the timeless Latino folklore gene persists.
This is a golden age. While in 2006, Zizek was first a club night and then a sensation, ten years on ZZK is a combination of a school, a platform, a record label, and an audi-ovisual production company, bringing together voices and sounds for the digital gen-eration. Dat dialogues with the panorama of new (and old) women’s voices in the re-gion like Mariana Baraj, Sofía Viola, La Yegros, and also Juana Molina and Li Saumet. And at the same time, her work crosses over with the whole scene of this golden age, where producers are free to make the music they want, inspired by past traditions but always looking towards the future.
Dat forms part of this new generation of musicians who explore their roots, manifesting in new ideas, with new technologies. Dat has a timeless vision of what folklore is, one that speaks of a being and a feeling. “You don’t need to make music in an adobe hut in the middle of the Pampas to feel that it’s folklore. There’s a ton of stuff we do with a weight of tradition behind it that we don’t see. And a lot of it comes from everyday life, from emotion, from the feeling of the people.”
If up until now the digital folklore scene was almost exclusively a men’s club, Dat Gar-cia comes in to flip the switch and change the paradigm and make sure women’s voic-es are heard, telling powerful, profound stories that welcome us to her world of folk-futurist sounds and aesthetics.
Every musical genre needs it’s trojan horse. In the case of digital cumbia and digital folklore, ZZK Records has been at the epicenter of the movement. Chancha Via Circuito, Frikstailers, La Yegros, El Remolon, Mati Zundel, Tremor, Animal Chuki, Fauna, King Coya and most recently the Ecuadorian artist Nicola Cruz have launched their careers with the indie Buenos Aires label.
El G grew out of Buenos Aires. Grant C. Dull (pronounced Duel), first came to Argentina in 1999 and reinvented himself more than once, going from musicologist and online magazine editor, to visual artist for events and finally to curator and DJ. He founded the bilingual cultural website WhatsUpBuenosAires.com, and co-founded ZZK Records and Zizek Club with his Argentine partners. ZZK artists have played more than 200 cities on 5 continents, have penned deals with major labels and been featured on an episode of Breaking Bad and a recent Iphone commercial. Grant as a DJ has performed in more than 85 cities around the world including stops at Coachella, Roskilde and the Modern Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In his ever expanding search for culture, music and adventure, Grant has founded 4 projects from his hub in Argentina, the most recent being ZZK Films.