You can feel the humidity in the music of Helado Negro. Every spare electronic beat hits inside a languid haze. Florida-via-Brooklyn musician Roberto Lange, singing in Spanish and English, sounds weighed down by heat, distance, feeling. The songs on his latest album, Invisible Life, propel forward at medium tempos, often with only skeletal elements, forming seductive, subtle atmospheres of electronic pop. There's a loneliness to this music, but that doesn't keep Lange from arriving at what feel like breakthroughs, albeit sweaty ones. "Dance Ghost" breaks the heat fever most decisively, landing, as the title suggests, just on the danceable side of Lange's often meditative sound. The video contributes its own sense of solitude, following a character through the pastel condo towers and lurid nightclubs of Miami. Check it out below. You can inhabit Helado Negro's seductive humidity tomorrow, May 4, at Rickshaw Stop, with Javelin, Silver Hands, and Epicsauce DJs.
Ryan Dickie Helado Negro's Robert Lange