The South American producer and musician has shared a music video for “Soul”, an electro heater that imbues classic synth sounds and pumping rhythms with soul and humanity.
Despite the collective name, We & The Machines is in fact a solo venture of producer and musician Diego Recalde. Recalde’s Horizon EP tapped into a nostalgic vein of analogue synth melodies and thoughtful lyricism, recalling the classic electro sounds of The Chemical Brothers while nodding to more contemporary artists such as Caribou and Hot Chip. Recorded using open-source software, their music is already well known in their home country and has now made serious waves in America: they’ve performed at SXSW, recorded a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, and signed with major New York sync firm Rehegoo.
Diego’s latest creation, a music video for “Soul”, sees dramatic vocal turns, upbeat synth splashes and a classic house beat coming together to sound like a lost 12” unearthed from 1980s New York. The new music video, recorded during lockdown, is a fascinating stop-motion animation that depicts a storage room packed with gear coming to life, as samplers, synths and grooveboxes take on a life of their own to pump out a jam and party while nobody’s looking, gifted with a soul of their own by the music.