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Axolotes Mexicanos

Madrid-based group Axolotes Mexicanos play an overwhelmingly giddy, sugar-spiked brand of indie pop that embraces influences such as punk, chiptune, J-pop, trap, and more. As gleeful and childlike as the music seems, the lyrics are decidedly less than innocent, with subject matter including revenge fantasies, relationships with extraterrestrials, pornography, and bitter loneliness. Signed to Elefant Records, the band have released several EPs and full-lengths of sweet but subversive pop, including 2021's :3. Originally from the Principality of Asturias in northwest Spain, schoolmates Olaya Pedrayes and Stephen Lyne started the group in 2012 along with Juan Pedrayes, Olaya's twin brother. By the end of the year, the band had released a demo and appeared on the compilation A Christmas Gift for You from Elefant Records. The following year, the label released the group's debut EP, Infectados, which was mixed and mastered by Eva Guilala and Iván Juniper, both of Juniper Moon and Linda Guilala. Axolotes Mexicanos' 10" mini-LP Holi <3, co-produced by Juan and Carlos René, followed in 2015. Two years later, the band released the digital single "Trececatorce," which was significantly more electronic than their prior recordings. The full-length Salu2, Axolotes' first release without Lyne, appeared in 2018, expanding on the group's fusion of electronic pop and bubblegum punk. Guitarists Mario del Valle and Lucas de la Iglesia joined the band that year, and Lyne returned to the lineup in 2020. Full-length :3, incorporating hints of R&B, visual kei, and other influences, arrived in 2021.
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