Juan Carlos Barrios (ex-Bohemia Suburbana) has hammered together a masterpiece of lo-fi techno with Los últimos dias del AM.

Juan Carlos Barrios (ex-Bohemia Suburbana) has hammered together a masterpiece of lo-fi techno with Los últimos dias del AM. Barrios set up camp near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and set about tracking a group of tunes that make remarkable use of a peculiar variety of samples and loops, augmented by elemental bass, drums, and guitar. Barrios successfully blends seemingly disparate elements into something coherent, as we hear on "8 Hermanos," as well as working with more readily comprehensible sonic motifs and instruments—"La rueda" and "Lo-fi chicken bus," for instance. A few of Barrios' tunes have dancefloor potential—"Caracol," for instance—but most of the material is a bubbling, raggedy, lo-fi groove that suggests what one might derive from spending a long time locked in a room in Central America with a dozen AM radios. Racked by Palm Pictures.—PVV