Premiere: Timothy Clerkin Remixes ALI X x XIMENA’s “No Me Gustas”

Timothy Clerkin
Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
June 29, 2020

Premiere: Timothy Clerkin Remixes ALI X x XIMENA’s “No Me Gustas”

Canada’s ALI X (formally Azari & iii) and Mexico’s XIMENA are releasing their self-titled, debut album. Set for release this July via their own label CONTROLLA, tracks from the album are receiving remixes from a selection of well-respected artists, as is the case here with this remix from Timothy Clerkin we are premiering today.

After many failed attempts at writing the press release for such an ambiguous project, it’s the artists themselves that introduce the album…

“ALI X (ex Azari & III) and XIMENA (Controlla.Mx) are a powerhouse duo whose risky Spanglish techno-rap out of Mexico City cuts raw, rugged barrio street juice with laser sharp cultural rhetoric, radiated by a dominant visual element unique to their assay. Their Spring 2020, self-titled debut album is a bricolage of radical freak poetics and hyper-focused observations, entangled in a dusky jungle of dank, chunky production and abstracted aural art pieces. With deep-referencing and inspiration from Luis Miguel to Plastikman, Jean-Paul Sartre to John Paul Jones, these two rap-junkie technoid punks poke fun at the contemporary cultural milieu with a deadpan seriousness you can never quite read for sure…

Broadcasting from their home label CONTROLLA (‘con-troy-ya’, Mexico City slang for ‘with Troyʼ, possibly a reference to Trojan Horse strategy), their album is served with a forward-thinking range of remixes, a stacked-up edgy live show… And viciously momentous DJ sets.

Universally immediate. Fluency in Spanish not required.” – ALI X x XIMENA


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