" Lata is the dub/global bass/electrolatino project from chilean Andrew Collyer, under which he has released music on labels such as Akwaaba [France/Ghana], Post World Industries [USA], The Rebel Sounds [Canada], Pueblo Nuevo [Chile] & Japón Records [Argentina].
Andrew lives and works in Santiago, although as a youth he lived in Arica, the chilean city closest to both Peru and Bolivia, sandwiched between the desert and the ocean. So, spending a lot time in the desert and in the ocean as a kid exposed him to the primary ideas of space, rhythm and flow. Playing every rock instrument in many bands growing up helped too. And later, going to architecture school and then working as an architect by day and making music at night sealed the deal.
Lata aims to operate beyond traditional styles or genres. Its sound can be described as experimental electronics, heavily influenced by dub, dancehall and latin music, filtered through global technological abstraction and southamerican flavour. There is too the typical latin habit of deliberately mixing & stirring things up, but always through what could be described as dub tactics & ethics.
During 2011 Lata´s tracks and remixes were featured on many articles on the blogosphere and were selected on various compilations, appearing alongside some of the heaviest names of the global bass underground. Of all these, the highlight was remixing mildtape & Ebsa´s anthem “Free as air” for the 5th Anniversary release of the LibreCommeLair label.
The desert and the sea work in cycles. The release of the first Lata EP on LCL on December, 31, 2011, exactly one year from discovering the label´s existence is a fine example of the cyclic nature of art & life. "
Lata - December 2011