Los Kikes – ST 2006 (remix and remaster)

This is definitely one of the coolest projects in my last year. Hayehudonim (or Los Kikes) is one of the first bands I saw live as a teenage punk in Tel Aviv.
Rock’n’roll, punk, d-beat, surf, sludge: they got it all and they blend it exquisitely with extreme high fuzz energy and lo-fi vibes. The only record they ever made was released on CD in 2006 and sounded too harsh to endure an extended playing in most stereos. The record was made by local rock and roll genius Charlie Megira (RIP). The songs were recorded on a Tascam 8-track reel to reel tape (the same one we used for The Orions record) and mixed by Charlie himself.
For the record’s reissue on Vinyl, the band decided it should be remixed. So we found the lost reels and converted the whole session into digital.
What I got were some of the most messed up tracks I ever had to work with. It literally took me ten minutes to understand which track is the second drum channel and which is the Vocal FX. The mixing process main purpose was giving this record’s lo-fi nature a more punchy attitude. Did we make it? see for yourself




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