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TERRESTRE
Secondary Inspection

STA008
Static Discos 2004
08 Tracks. 57mins44secs

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Despite the considerable success of Fernando Corona’s work as Murcof, Mexican electronica has remained pretty ignored on this side of the Atlantic. Yet, the Nortec collective of artists, based in the border city of Tijuana, in the North of the country, has, for years, promoted DJs, bands and solo artists as well as designers, filmmakers and audio visual artists, giving them a chance to perform live, exhibit their work or release their music.
It is through Nortec that Corona got the chance to get heard outside the boundaries of his native Mexico as he appeared on a Nortec sampler and on the collective’s Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1, released through Palm Pictures in 2001, as Terrestre. No longer an active member of Nortec, which he left to concentrate on his solo work, Corona remains largely associated with the collective through his work.
As he is said to be putting the finishing touches to his second album as Murcof, Corona is finally releasing his first album as Terrestre. Corona’s original template for Terrestre is based on the Collective’s idea of mixing traditional element of local and regional music with contemporary structures to create something at once totally unique and highly original. Secondary Inspection steers away from this concept slightly as Corona revises his approach to this project by injecting some minimal sonic structures and elements of dub to give his compositions depth and substance. If he retains some discreet elements of his native culture all the way through, mostly perceptible on the two opening tracks, Botas De Oro and Secondary Inspection Theme, the influence of Murcof is equally palpable as ominous soundscapes electrify each composition in one way or another. Yet, with Terrestre, Corona swaps the sumptuous and intricate ambiences of Martes for more straightforward 4/4 rhythmic structures reminiscent of early Detroit techno. It doesn’t however mean that there is no depth to his work as Terrestre. Far from sounding like some ethnodance project, Corona applies the same care to his sonic environments here as he does with Murcof. Secondary Inspection is at once clever, effective and stunning, even if the sonic realm is not as instantly impressive as what Corona has got us used to. From the delicate beat structures and underlying ambient waves of Botas De Oro or Secondary Inspection Theme to the menacing atmosphere of Ejido Del Terror and the voluptuous Alushe’s Night Out, Secondary Inspections offers a new angle to Corona’s work while reaffirming his talent.
Most recently, Corona, as Terrestre, was commissioned to score the soundtrack for Nicotina, the latest film from Mexican director Hugo Rodríguez. Considering the cinematic aspect of his music, it seems like a justified step for the man. More than a simple filler in between two Murcof albums, Fernando Corona brilliantly justifies the necessity for Terrestre and proudly flies the Mexican flag over the electronic movement.

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TRACKLIST

Botas De Oro
Secondary Inspection Theme
Ultra Thumba
Ejido Del Terror
Vaqueros Del Ayer
Alushe's Night Out
Ultra Tumba Duopandamix
Botas De Oro H. Amezquita Mix

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