With the release of their critically acclaimed full-length debut La Allianza Profana and its follow-up, Serpiente Dorada through Enchufada Records, Peruvian electronic duo Dengue Dengue Dengue quickly received international attention for a sound that possessed elements of traditional cumbia, dub, dancehall and techno — and for being at the forefront of an expanding electro cumbia movement.
Siete Raices, the duo’s long-awaited sophomore, full-length effort is slated for a June 24, 2016 release, and the effort takes its name from a traditional Peruvian liquor — a potent beverage brewed from several jungle plants with mystical aphrodisiac properties. Simultaneously, the album’s first single “Guarida” is a collaboration featuring vocalist Sarah Van, the first in the duo’s catalog so far, and in many ways it reflects an act that has expanded upon their sound quite a bit. The members of Dengue Dengue Dengue pairs Van’s languid and sultry vocals with an eerily and hauntingly ambient production consisting of gentle layers of shimmering and undulating synths and skittering drum programming in a song that possess a painterly quality — as though the members of Dengue Dengue Dengue are methodically creating a particular mood and scene while drawing from both ancient traditions and contemporary production.
The recently released music video was produced by frequent collaborator Mikael Stornfelt. Shot in Lima, Peru the gorgeously surreal and cinematic video explores the traditions and mythology of Afroperuvian culture and includes time travelers, ancient, mythological creatures and more in a video that aptly fits the song’s deliberate and trippy vibe.