MIAMI (April 11, 2016) – The new album by Latin GRAMMY® winners Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas (IKV) is titled L.H.O.N. (La Humanidad o Nosotros – Humanity or Us). Its fusions of rock, funk, soul and rap could only come from this renowned Argentine duo. It comprises 13 tracks filled with engrossing soundscapes and memorable lyrics.
Two outstanding collaborators join IKV on L.H.O.N. – the multiple GRAMMY® winner Natalia Lafourcade on “Ey Dios” and the American R&B star Miguel on “Estrella Fugaz”.
The members of IKV – Dante Spinetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur – have returned to their roots and handled all the production on this album, just as they did on their classic 1990s records “Chaco” – “Versus” and “Leche”. L.H.O.N. was mixed in Los Angeles by the virtuoso engineer Rafa Sardina.
Taking on an old-school warmth, it was recorded on analog reel-to-reel tape. The atmosphere in the studio was electric, as their band joined them for sessions at La Diosa Salvaje and Avesexua Studios. String arrangments were recorded by the Prague Philharmonic and conducted by Claudio Cardone, who worked for many years with Dante Spinetta’s late father, the Argentine rock pioneer Luis Alberto Spinetta. The horns were arranged by Michael B. Nelson, leader of Minneapolis’ Hornheads, who have recorded and toured with Prince.
The first preview of L.H.O.N. was the lyric video of “Gallo Negro” (Black Rooster), which in Argentina alone surpassed 1 million views on IKV’s VEVO channel in just five days. The group followed that up with a world-class short film for “Gallo Negro”, which lives up to IKV’s reputation for cutting-edge visual artistry. It also received a nomination at the Berlin Music Video Awards.
“Sigue” (Continue) is the album’s first official single. It quickly became a popular digital download and a staple at radio in Argentina, taking its place among the group’s classic songs.
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