Latin Electronic Music Festival's Nocturne Showcase at Abbey Pub | Photo gallery
In its fourth edition, the Latin Electronic Music Festival (FMEL) continues to reach further across the city—from Bridgeport to Irving Park. FMEL hit Chicago this past weekend, showcasing some of the leading artists in the Latin American digital music community. Programming included workshops on circuit bending and internet broadcasting, in addition to nightly performances. This past Friday, FMEL’s Nocturne Showcase at The Abbey saw a small lineup of forward-thinking artists display the growing variety found within electronic-based music across Latin America. Mexico City producer Kampion teamed up with local drummer Anthony Macias (from Descarga) for a hard-hitting collaboration of programmed beats and live drums—a perfectly neck-snapping opening to the show. But it was Tijuana’s Latinsizer, using an iPad to trigger his set that got the crowds’ feet really moving with his oft-disco-tinged techno. Another Tijuana act, Nortec Collective, brought the show to a close with its latest project, Clorofila—a set that showcased its penchant for bridging Latin sonic traditions with textured electronic sounds. TOC was on hand to capture some of the amazing visuals at this eclectic, culture-bridging event.