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Zombies in Miami are well and truly at the forefront of Mexico’s international presence on the electronic music scene. Since forming in Aguascalientes seven years ago, two breakout releases on Mexico’s Electrique Music catapulted the duo internationally, with two major European tours before Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondant picked them up for another digital EP in 2014 and their first physical release the following year.
Playing live is at the core of Canibal & Jenouise’s project, and the pair have wheeled synths, mics and plenty of effects units around the likes of Berlin’s Panorama Bar, Barcelona’s Nitsa, Germany’s Fusion Festival and Burning Man. Zombies in Miami call their sound a “techno hybrid with rock influences”, layering glittery stabs and arpeggios over rolling sixteenth-note guitar basslines into a distinctive shade of ayahuasca funk.
Their live sets echo the likes of Red Axes and Benoit & Sergio, with the pair flitting between synths, drum pads, mics and plenty of effects along seamless hour-long trips. Their sound has darkened and matured, yet the whole Zombies in Miami catalogue is reinvented and represented at every show: the pair are still known to work in the ‘B-side’ from their first release, Cyborg EP, for a mid-set injection of energy.
The last year or so has seen them build on their solid reputation with EPs on some of Europe’s finest electro-disco purveyors such as Berlin’s Love on the Rocks and Amsterdam’s Bordello A Parigi, and they’re now back in strong form on Correspondant with Mithril for Compilation 05. Their selections today showcase their production influences with four tracks that have inspired them over the years, ranging from still-active contemporaries in their own field to genre-defining tracks of the Italo and electro worlds.