Translated from the Latin, Sao Paolo, Brazil's motto, "Non Ducor, Duco" means, "I am not led. I lead." The city is a sexy, dangerous, pulsating melting pot of nearly 20 million humans, situated near the soothing sea and the teeming rainforest - it's apropos, then, that it's also the hometown of Télépathique. Comprised of DJ/producer/drummer Erico Theobaldo (aka DJ Periferico) and vocalist Mylene Pires, the duo mixes deep carioca from the favela with jungle-tinged house, electro, breakbeat and old school bossa with a sensibility that is deeply punk, and truly of their city. Although their story is probably new to most North Americans, both Theobaldo and Pires have long been accomplished in their own rights overseas, with and outside of their work in Télépathique. Pires' solo work as a vocalist is steeped in African and Brazilian music traditions, and Theobaldos remix of "Dadinho" on the City Of God soundtrack became a smash hit (he also produced Brazilian artists Otto and BiD, to wide acclaim). Télépathique's debut full-length, Last Time On Earth continues the genre-bending dialogue that their Love and Lust EP (both on The Control Group) engages in.
Vital and immediate throughout, Last Time On Earth's range of influences is stunning and the integration of those elements is enthralling, urban and provocative. "Sex, Drugs And Funk & Roll" mixes raw pop guitar with the gritty carioca of their cities' ghettos, "UR A Joke" pairs simple throbbing techno synth with Pires' conversational vocals -- she tells the listener that she belongs to them, then coldly throws dismissive insults: equal parts turn on and f*ck off; a perfect alchemy for dance tension. "Love and Lust" draws on European electro-pop, delivering a groove with a mechanically German coolness. "Telefunk" and "Wild," clocking in at six and a half and seven and a half minutes each, respectively, show Télépathique's expert ability to be both expansive and progressively beat-heavy. Amazingly, Last Time On Earth was intimately recorded and produced by the duo using only a laptop, a couple of microphones, synths, a guitar, Pires' voice, and the pair's genius beat instincts. The album saw its original South American release in 2006; but this is the first time Télépathique's music has been released in North America.
Since Theobaldo and Pires first locked themselves in Pires' new Sao Paolo home (she is originally from Rio De Jainero) in 2005 during the Brazilian carnival season and, in Theobaldo's words, "turned off the TV and started to produce compulsively," lots has happened: the band has played in Festival Hype at Tejo in Lisbon with Massive Attack, Diplo, and Hot Chip, killed it at the Brasil No Ar Festival in Barcelona and has set the dance floor afire at the club Guanabara in London. But now Télépathique is set to tour the United States for the first time, in support of Last Time On Earth; crowds, get ready to get sweaty. It's going to be a glorious, life-affirming party...