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Ahora M​á​s Que Nunca

by Pelada

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Pilas 04:49
Cerdo 03:05
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The electronic duo Pelada return with their sophomore album ‘Ahora Más Que Nunca,’ which fuses electronic beats with protest and empowerment anthems.

'Ahora Más Que Nunca' (Now More Than Ever), is a boundary-pushing collection of 12 new songs that sees the Montréal electronic-punk duo Pelada delving deeper into their signature sound, to create something even more raw, chaotic, expressive, and direct. It’s often as simple as a voice paired with a beat, but within that framework, meaningful words and unique melodic ideas emerge to craft a work that is both iconic and memorable.

Singer Chris Vargas (they/them) uses efficient, bold language to craft energizing protest anthems from producer Tobias Rochman (he/him)’s electronic compositions such as the anti-cop sing-along ‘Cerdo’ (Pig), which questions the role of privilege and timing in relation to guilt and innocence. While ‘Acabemos con el Femicidio’(Let’s End Femicide) is a clear call to action to end gender-based violence.

Several tracks deal directly with environmentalism: ‘Latido de Extinción’ (Extinction Beat), ‘Agua ≠ No Mercancía’ (Water ≠ Merchandise), ‘Punto de no Retorno’ (Point of No Return) all serve to capture the terror and violence of the impending climate catastrophe while rallying listeners to fight back against the corporate greed responsible for accelerating it. Pelada even take aim at the music industry itself with ‘¿Cuánto por la Transmisión?’ (How Much for the Stream?) which clocks in at only 57 seconds, just long enough to get the point across (and be counted by streaming services as a track).

This new album features notable guest appearances, including a verse from Ashanti Mutinta, known professionally as Backxwash, the Zambian-Canadian rapper who won the 2020 Polaris Prize for her album ‘GOD HAS NOTHING TODO WITH THIS LEAVE HIM OUT OF IT’ as well as multiple appearances from the Panamanian-Canadian trumpet player Aquiles Navarro, a frequent collaborator of Moor Mother, best known for his work with the collective Irreversible Entanglements (Impulse! Records, Sub Pop).

Recorded and produced in Montréal, Canada. Mixed by James Ginzburg and mastered by Enyang Urbiks in Berlin, Germany.

Cover photography by Hendrik Schneider and Natacha Voranger, shot in Berlin in May 2022.


Pelada, the duo of singer Chris Vargas and producer Tobias Rochman, broke out of Montréal's underground warehouse rave scene in 2014 after uploading tracks to SoundCloud which caught the attention of the global dance music scene.

They spent the next five years touring the globe extensively before signing with Berlin experimental label PAN (Arca, Eartheater, Yves Tumor) in 2019 and releasing their debut album ‘Movimiento Para Cambio’ (Movement for Change). Now newly independent again, they are proud to present the next chapter of their story.

Their collaboration is an energetic blend of Spanish language vocals centered around themes of power, control, social justice with hardware samplers, synths, and drum machines. The unique sound has led them to perform in many different contexts around the world, whether it be tours opening for traditional punk acts like Iceage and Shame, to the exact opposite, performing live during peak times at techno clubs such as Berghain—dramatically different environments—from rusted out off-grid anarchist compounds in Leipzig, Germany, in 2016, to castles in the French countryside in 2017, to most recently colorful and vibrant nightclubs such as WWWβ in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, Japan in 2023.

Pelada have been carving their path in the underground for nearly a decade, on their own terms, unwilling to be ignored.


released September 15, 2023

Vocals: Chris Vargas
Music: Tobias Rochman
Mix: James Ginzburg
Master: Enyang Urbiks
Photo: Hendrik Scheider
Styling: Natacha Voranger
Features: Backxwash, Aquiles Navarro


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