A South Florida native, born to Ecuadorian immigrants and based in Brooklyn, Helado Negro aka Roberto Carlos Lange’s upbringing provides essential elements to his songwriting, including his consistently bilingual – English and Spanish– lyrics. While citing the influence of electro and Miami-bass he heard on the radio in his youth, his diverse work as Helado Negro points to shades of kraut rock bathed in his mesmerizing rhythms, loops and hair-raising melodies. Known for his craftsmanship, Lange has cultured his identity, ideology and musical dexterity with constant artistic and introspective development, pouring his heart and full sincerity in his music. His fourth LP Double Youth released in 2014 garnered acclaim with Pitchfork naming it “”the boldest and most intricate Helado Negro work to date.” With a degree in Computer Art and Animation, Lange, a multifaceted creator, has worked with mediums such as video, sculpture, sound and performance.
While Helado Negro is in a sense a one man band for the digital age, a constant collaborator, Lange has worked on projects with numerous artists including Sufjan Stevens, Julianna Barwick (as Ombre), Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco), Guillermo Scott Herren(Prefuse 73), School of Seven Bells and sculptor David Ellis. Helado Negro tours extensively and has performed in diverse venues from clubs to cultural organizations including the Wexner Center, Columbus; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Mana Contemporary, Chicago; Museum of Natural History, L.A.; Mass MoCA, North Adams, Marguilies Warehouse, Miami, Festival Centro, Bogota and Vive Latino, Mexico City. In March of 2015 he premiere’s an orchestral commission during the inaugural festivities of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul. “Among the musicians currently redefining Latino culture worldwide,” Helado Negro “creates a sonic landscape that reflects 21st-century Latin America” (National Public Radio).
Chants, aka Wisconsin-based producer/drummer Jordan Cohen, creates electronic music that balances beats & bass with emotive melody and textured field recordings. He has released music on Dutty Artz, Hush Hush Records, #FEELINGS, and Astral Plane Recordings, and been featured in media outlets including THUMP, XLR8R, Yours Truly, Earmilk, STYLSS, and FACT.
In 2015, a collaboration with Milwaukee rapper WebsterX resulted in “doomsday”, a song & video that received national attention.
In 2016, a new EP titled “The Zookeeper” (out 4.29 on Astral Plane Recordings) marks a move toward more physical, experimental club sounds.
Live, Chants mixes electronics with live drumming and has performed on bills with artists such as Dan Deacon, DJ /Rupture, Venus X, Youngblood Brass Band, Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang, DJAO, and DJ Abilities.