Federico Aubele’s new album “Berlin 13″ marks his return to a smoky realm of acoustic guitar licks, heavy rhythms and sinister dub atmospherics. Featuring guest appearances by Jesse Harris, Karina Zeviani, Natalia Clavier, and Mauro Refosco (of Forro in The Dark and Thom Yorke’s live band). Check out Federico’s video introduction to “Berlin 13″ is posted in our Hi-Fi section. “Berlin 13″ was released on March 22, 2011. The album is now available in our shop. “Berlin 13″ was included in a review of international musicians titled “Foreign Affairs” in Baltimore OUTloud. Click here to read the review.
As a follow up to “Berlin 13,” Federico released “No One EP” on 12″ vinyl last summer. The EP will feature remixes by Rob Garza (of Thievery Corporation) and Guillotine Cuts. Stay tuned for more information and a release date for this vinyl EP!
Federico Aubele returns to a smoky realm of acoustic guitar licks, heavy rhythms and sinister dub atmospherics for his fourth studio album, Berlin 13. The record pulls from the personal transformation Aubele experienced in his time living in Berlin and the vibe of a city strongly associated with electronic music. “Moving to Berlin was a great experience for me, though not an easy one. It forced me to face a lot of my demons. When everything that you take for granted disappears and you find yourself in a whole new scenario, you need to redefine all things in your life,” Aubele says. “Sort out what you want to keep and what you need to leave behind. It can be painful, but it is a great experience once you assimilate it. It reminds me of that Bukowsky phrase that goes: what matters most is how well you walk through fire” The inclusion of the number 13 in the title refers to the Tarot Cards: the 13th card is “Death”. While many may draw a negative connotation with this card, it can actually signify a deep renewal and transformation in a person’s life. “I learned how to read the Tarot Cards when I was still living in Buenos Aires. It’s a fascinating system for self-exploration. The 13 can mean a deep crisis that eliminates everything that prevents you from moving forward. That is exactly what I experienced in Berlin”. To set the tone for this album, Aubele revisited his deepest musical influences, focusing on those he believed essential in his formation as an artist. From the backing beats to the musique-concrete samples, and the nylon string guitar layered with his baritone voice, the result is a blending of the elements in his unique style. “I had a formal musical education. One of the things I rescue from those years, is being exposed to a lot of 20th century composers and styles. I was fascinated with Schoenberg’s atonalism, Stockhausen’s explorations in electroacoustic music and musique concrete, Ligeti’s tone clusters, etc. The core of my music is a combination of electronic music, dub, classical guitar and the experiments those composers conducted in the 50′s and 60′s.” Berlin 13 features collaborations with Natalia Clavier, Ka, Mauro Refosco and Jesse Harris.
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No One EP
ESL Music proudly presents the No One EP, the first EP from Federico Aubele’s haunting album Berlin 13. This EP not only features original album versions of “No One” and “Bohemian Rhapsody...
Berlin 13 marks Federico Aubele’s return to a smoky realm of acoustic guitar licks, heavy rhythms and sinister dub atmospherics. Featuring guest appearances by Jesse Harris, Karina Zeviani,...
Amatoria Remixed EP
Federico Aubele’s sultry musical ode to love, Amatoria, gets the remix treatment as Amatoria Remixed. Featuring six superbly re-worked tracks, this short album is a gem for DJs and fans of beefy...
Amatoria is Federico Aubele’s newest and most personal album yet. Inspired by the classic and passionate sounds of bolero and Argentinian tango, Aubele infuses his distinctive Spanish guitar...
Maria Jose EP
ESL Music presents the Maria Jose EP, the second single from Federico Aubele’s critically acclaimed sophomore album effort Panamericana. This release features an exclusive remix of “Maria...
The highly anticipated follow up to Federico Aubele’s critically acclaimed debut, Gran Hotel Buenos Aires. Aubele delves deeper into rich latin sounds with virtuoso guitar playing, hypnotic...
La Esquina EP
ESL Music presents the first album single with exclusive remixes by Nickodemus and Ursula 1000. Showcasing the angelic vocals of brand new label chanteuse Natalia Clavier, Nickodemus picks up the...
Gran Hotel Buenos Aires
The highly anticipated debut from Argentine Federico Aubele. This breathtaking album takes in the latin sounds of Argentina and melds them with the dub of Jamaica to create a intricate, soulful and...
Esta Noche EP
The third single from Federico Aubele. “Esta Noche” glides along a flowing Latin guitar lick, rolling congas beats, and the sultry vocals of Gabriela Maiaru. The B side,...
The debut single from ESL Music’s Federico Aubele heralds the arrival of someone special. Discovered and Produced by Thievery Corporation the Argentine soul of Aubele will move you. From the...
From Federico Aubele’s debut long player, produced by Thievery Corporation, comes this stunning second single. “Contigo” is a sun-kissed flamenco cut anchored by slow burning hip-hop...