Mexico City-based electronic and experimental label Umor Rex is making an effort to give back to the city in which its roots are planted. All digital purchases from the label are being donated to the Red Cross in Mexico from today through the 15th of October. Their bandcamp page is full of gems for you to discover. I've selected a couple below of which I'm particularly fond, but I urge you to check out as much of the catalog as you can to find your own favorites. Electronic music not your thing? You can still make donations directly to La Cruz Roja Mexicana any of the various charities assisting with recovery in Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Texas, or any of the other locations dealing with horrendous natural disasters lately.
First up is Executable Dreamtime by Brett Naucke. It's an album of playful modular synth work that feels like a series of structures crumbling and being rebuilt in real time with a few moments of soothing ambiance. It's imaginative and calming, even at its busiest points, thanks to a strong melodic sensibility that ties the whole album together. Well worth your time.
Charlatan's Local Agent was one of the first Umor Rex releases that caught my attention. This is curious, almost robotic minimalist techno that sounds like it was made for the little people that live in the deepest craters of the moon. This is simultaneously ultrafuturistic and rooted in more traditional forms. Fluid, yet focused. It's definitely a trip to take at least once.
Finally, I'm putting my money where my mouth is and exploring something entirely new to my own ears and this random pick is exactly what I wanted to hear today. Forest Structures by Thé Déluge feels like the foggy soundtrack for midnight meetings in the heat of summer. It's warm and hazy with an overtly nostalgic feeling that manages to alternate between cosmic drift and earthen weight. If you're in need of something new to soothe your mind, let this one catch your attention and follow it through to its end. Total support. Total love. My thoughts are with Daniel at Umor Rex and everybody else in Mexico City as they work together to rebuild.