SYSTEM EP is the third release by New York-based, Monterrey-born producer and DJ, Debit. It is a tribal guarachero reconstruction, and Debit is the first Mexican woman in history to create within this unique musical framework.
Debit approaches the project as a percussion-led study of the genre and its sonic potential, harnessing its triplet-driven beat and fusing it with techno and industrial sounds, bringing a new texture to this distinctly Northern Mexican regional music.
In the absence of the characteristic high-pitched melody lines and the usual ‘prehispanic’ samples commonly present in tribal guarachero, the listener’s attention is drawn towards the timbres and harmonics of the beats.
Conceptually speaking, SYSTEM is derived from Debit’s close reading of Tzotzil (a Mayan tongue) language books, wherein the world is broken down into categories in aid of translating cosmovisions. SYSTEM asks us to look at typically assimilated and unquestioned social phenomena, such as the alphabet or numbers, from a structuralist perspective, and to go beyond our accepted realities.
The cover art was conceived with and carried out by fellow New York-based, Mexican designer and artist Victor Barragán, to further illustrate Debit’s thinking around inscribed and assimilated tribal notions and the dysmorphia that has occurred throughout history, reaching an especially grotesque level within the zeitgeist of our extremely online times.
The EP was mastered by Debit’s mastering professor Alan Silverman, who has more than 60 Grammy nominated and winning credits to his name.
Mastering: Alan Silverman, Arf! Mastering
Mixing: Siete Catorce
Cover Art: Victor Barragán
Photography: Lydo Le
released June 20, 2019
Debit - SYSTEM
Art - Victor Barragan
Master - Alan Silverman