Le Guess Who?’s Who 2022: Flash Amazonas

There’s just over a week to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.


Flash Amazonas


Performing Saturday 12th November at LE:EN (part of DJ Fitz presents)

Photo: Sunao Maruyama

Colombian musician Julián Mayorga and Japanese producer/multi-instrumentalist Ryota Miyake hit it off when they met in 2015 at an artistic residency in Montreal. Quickly churning out countless musical ideas, the pair decided to start Flash Amazonas. A perfect pairing, they are not afraid to take risks and embrace daring compositional choices, taking in disparate influences including DIY punk bolero, Latin American music, Japanese new wave and synth pop, spiced up by a tongue-in-cheek approach. They have just released their second album last week, uva uva, an exuberant and exhilarating 11-track feast capturing the work of two multi-talented artists at the top of their game. We can’t wait to see them performing it live at Le Guess Who? and today they tell us which three bands they’re most excited to see at the festival. Read on to find out.




Performing Saturday 12th November at EKKO (part of Coco María presents Club Coco)

“One of the most exciting and innovative projects in new Latin American music! Pedro Ojeda’s approach to percussion is unique and so beautiful and inspiring!”


Masayoshi Fujita


Performing Saturday 12th November at Janskerk
“Ryota played at the same event with him once in Tokyo – it’s great to see him performing abroad.”


Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul


Performing Saturday 12th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Kakkoii! <3 HAHA”


Le Guess Who? will take place 10-13 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Flash Amazonas to release new album, uva-uva, next week

Photo: Guillermo Latorre.

Madrid based Colombian musician Julián Mayorga and Japanese producer/multi-instrumentalist Ryota Miyake crossed paths by chance in 2015 when both took up residency for two weeks at Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal. Not long after, working remotely from their respective homes in Madrid and Tokyo, the two artists started trading ideas back-and-forth and Flash Amazonas came into being. Self-described as a “modern band emulating a 90s band, emulating a 60s band”, Flash Amazonas named the project after an Ecuadorian money transfer business. A fruitful partnership, the pair released their debut record, Binary Birds, in 2019 and in just a week they are following it up with uva-uva. Uva translates from Spanish as grape, and on uva-uva the pair serve a flavourful plate of exhilarating compositions, taking in influences including DIY punk bolero and scrappy Latin no-wave. “I imagine this album tasting like bubblegum-flavoured grape” said Mayorga of the upcoming album.

uva-uva is due out on October 28th through 60Nice and ahead of it Flash Amazonas have released three singles, the latest being ‘La Reina Es Un Largato’ (The Queen Is a Lizard), which is described as “a post-pandemic conspiracy theorists fever dream of vaccine questions, reptilian overlords and Michael Jackson moonwalking controversy, set to a jarring & grimy Brazilian samba”. Listen to it below and straight after listen to the previous singles, ‘Panda’ & ‘Ulolo’.