lluvii: “Up All Night”

As one of the southernmost states to neighbor Latin America, it’s no big surprise that Texas is home to loads of great Latin music. But what really catches us off guard is the abundance of infectious Afrobeat energy right here in Austin. And if we put Latin Psych on the same spectrum as Afrobeat, you start to realize how many local acts get down on each others’ grooves.

Like Austin quartet lluvii. Say it with us: “U-V”. As heard on their debut EP Pacifico from last December, lluvii’s sound breezes through coastal south-of-the-border psychedelia, primal rainforest-ready percussion, and incredibly intriguing indie art rock, all anchored by the idiosyncratic soft siren vocals of frontwoman Carol Gonzalez. For some, that may be enough range to call it a day there and stick to established formulas moving forward. But for lluvii, the journey of genres has only just begun.

lluvii’s got a new EP on the way, produced by Grupo Fantasma/Caramelo Haze visionary Beto Martinez and set for release on August 2nd. The record’s lead offering, “Up All Night”, finds lluvii embarking on an ultra-vibrant, effervescent exploration of Afrobeat that features percussionist Victor Cruz from chicha-cumbia conquistadors Nemegata and keyboardist Anthony Farrell of old school R&B artisans Greyhounds. Even if you’re planning on checking out the single release show 9PM tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s alongside Sexpop and Rococo Disco, it’ll be a challenge to sit still if you’re stuck in office after pressing play on this one. Because with unbreakable horn lines, un-ending auxiliary percussion, bold beat breakdowns, furious rhythms, buoyant bass work, intoxicating guitar chords, and Gonzalez’s mystic vocal presence, “Up All Night” will keep you going til dawn.

Nemegata: “Te Vi”

Houston trio Khruangbin’s been getting a lot of kudos for their blend of world music and ’70s-style psychedelia, but Austin three-piece Nemegata and their own timeless sound may very well become their nemesis. Nemegata makes extensive use of Spanish and Muisca in their tracks and effortlessly alternates between neo-traditional rhythmsand effects-drenched psych-prog-rock, as heard on their 2020 debut LPHycha Wy, produced by Beto Martinez. The banddropped their live album Changua Sessions, Vol. 1 last year andjust played at Empire Control Room with Superf├│nicos, but as Nemegata climbs the ranks of must-see Austin acts, their latest achievement is landing inAustin Music Foundation’s Artist Development Program. Nemegata’s shared two new singles for ATX Gen Next: Adventures in Person, so celebrate Love Austin Music Month with the truly eclectic ingenuity of “Te Vi”.