I rarely post unsolicited music submissions, most of them are usually alternative rock bands or really bad wannabe mainstream rap crap. It’s kind of our job to filter through the garbage and post the good stuff so most of the time we share what we find and not what finds us. However, I do try to go through our submissions inbox as frequently as possible to find that one needle in the haystack. Josh Widmann aka Tristes Tropiques actually sent me an email telling me he liked Vamos a La Playa which instantly got my attention and won me over (as did the Lévi-Strauss reference).
I took a listen to Tristes Tropiques and decided I not only wanted to play his song “Lejos” on my next Vamos radio show but, it’s also NDM worthy. He’s got a bunch of tracks on soundcloud that are almost there and also some that dance floor ready. Here’s his shpeal:
“Tristes Tropiques is a San Francisco based promoter, dj and composer. With origins in 1990s rave culture, Tristes Tropiques first became interested in music based on vintage synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers. When the early 2000s arrived, the post-punk and Italo Disco revival lured Tristes Tropiques further into electronic dance music, leftfield arrangements, and rhythmic experimentation. As the 2000s transitioned to the 2010s, Tristes Tropiques began assembling original compositions reflective of these varied influences while also working to toy with established genre boundaries.”