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Fussible



Pepe Mogt and Jorge Ruiz are Fussible, the foremost exponents of Mexico's Nortec movement, a small group of artists, producers, and DJs from the border towns of Ensenada and Tijuana. Building modern electronic dance tracks from the oompah elements of Norteño, Ranchera, and Tambora, the traditional street music of northern Mexico, Fussible and their colleagues have created their own unique sound. This juxtaposition of the traditional and the futuristic mirrors the dusty have-and-have-not free-for-all that is the U.S./Mexico border, but the contrast isn't nearly as jarring as one might imagine, for the brassy thumps of button accordions and mariachi horns are thoroughly dissected and rearranged into sophisticated yet familiar tech-house beatscapes.

You're regularly reminded that this is not your typical dance mix by sonic surprises like a bass line forged from the deep resonance of a tuba note or the wild heat of hand percussion. But perhaps the greatest surprise is that these organic elements come across as so thoroughly modern. This is no art brut, but it is the sound of a place on the fringes of globalization, a Mexico in transition, in its own way as modern as Tokyo (though certainly not as prosperous), neither the place seen from your all-inclusive gated resort nor the one imagined in your drunken-frat-boy excursion to Boys Town. Fussible and their Nortec brethren may not have any such heady thoughts about their own musical creations, instead focusing on crafting hypnotic dance-floor grooves from the sounds of their environment, which they do with style and grace. But as your body moves to Fussible's Nortec sound, its elements and origins offer a subtle reminder that the world is a little more complicated than we often think.

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