Digital Portrait // PICÓ PICANTE FT. DUBBEL DUTCH & SOUND INTERNATIONAL / by Spirited Magazine

Text by Amanda Antunes & Sara Skolnick

It’s hard to imagine the end of 2012 without our monthly transnational bass party, recently named Best Dance Party by Dig Boston for its second consecutive year. December is not different (perhaps a chance to be merry in sight). Picó Picante returns to Good Life with special guests Dubbel Dutch (Mixpak Records) and Boston’s own Trinidadian soundcrew Sound International (Big City 101.3 FM). The usual suspects OXYcontinental and Pajaritos will support, with live visuals broadcast by the one and only HEXbeam. Here’s your chance to have one more dance in 2012 and to celebrate all the beautiful moments that happened this year.


Our first guest is currently living in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, Dubbel Dutch‘s aesthetic crossbreed pre-hispanic shaman cries, YouTube videos of American microcosmos, and 90s UK rave flyers– an combination not often associated with the Lone Star State. ”I love that you don’t have to go very far to experience great music or food. There’s a large African and Caribbean community here and since my apartment is right next to a busy street I’m often sitting on my couch during rush hour devising ways to possibly Shazam the amazing tracks blasting out of people’s cars.”

‘Self Help Riddim’ (check out the video here) is the first single release in a series that will follow leading up to his Self Help Riddims EP in forthcoming on Mixpak Records, drawing inspiration from dub and dance hall reggae, ethereal grime, and pop music of the African diaspora.

First Memories?

“Well technically my first DJ gig ever was in college and I was playing electro for four confused drunk girls in the basement of my friend’s apartment building which we had transformed into the world’s least accommodating rave. There was one DJ, a strobe light, and very cheap beer.”

An accomplished producer of cosmic tone poems and club anthems from the abyss, his Throwback 12” on Palms Out Sounds is considered by many a now-classic study in modern retrofitting.

We want to know what has been asked from Santa this year?

“A pinball machine, bag of trinidad scorpion peppers, a years supply of lemon oil, and a Korg Trinity.”

Get Acquainted and LISTEN:


Friday Night’s special line up also welcome Boston’s own Trinidadian crew Sound International brings sounds directly from the city’s Caribbean community, known around town as the hosts of Big City 101.3 FM‘s Bashment Time Show, soundsystem leaders of the city’s massive carnival street celebrations and party starters at clubs from downtown to Mattapan. Joining Picó Picante for a first-time appearance, Sound International form part of the Maddang Family of entertainers spanning Brooklyn to Boston.

“If you dream of warmer lands, say no more, these guys are here to relocate you to the Caribbean for a blowout celebration.”

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at Good Life, 28 Kingston Street

$5 / 21+ / LoveU