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Premiere: Santiago – Life, Money, Work

Following up to his debut tape – ‘Rooms‘ – released a few weeks ago via Unknown Precept, up-and-coming NYC producer Santiago Leyba returns to the Berlin-based French imprint with his first 12 inch release, ‘Life Money Work‘, due out tomorrow.

Tormented and overstrung, the work of Santiago erupts and itches like a sudden rash, upsetting and anxiogenic, infectious and menacing. Zoning out into insecure crevices and murky alleys of the mind, these five unconventional pieces of charred EBM and proto-techno – doped on ragged electronics, eerie yowling and schizoid vox hooks – work their offsetting psychotropic clout to the extreme.

Our pick, the bipolar title-cut ‘Life, Money, Work‘ mirrors the complexity of finding an upright, sustainable pace and harmony in life, between an increasingly taxing work environment, weird sex and an unrewarding consumerist matrix; exposing the crushed plurality of our tamed social selves in exploded-view as it churns a heavy dose of industrial dissonanz, altered no-wave psalmody and piping synth shards. RAW.

Life, Money, Work is released via Unknown Precept on 30th May, pre-order a vinyl copy from Bandcamp.


1. Life, Money, Work
2. An Apple Fell
3. Touched by the Wrong Hand
4. America Is No God
5. Love Song

Discover more about Santiago and Unknown Precept on Inverted Audio.