Review: Locus is a London-based record label from the team behind FUSE London, and in their own words 'by the ravers, for the ravers.' Following up some killer editions by the likes of Josh Baker, Lauren Lo Sung and Sidney Charles this year, their latest one comes from the ascendant Cuartero, who is fresh off some promising releases on Hot Creations, Rawthentic and Moon Harbour. The Spanish producer serves up four tough rolling tech house cuts on the Wasp EP: from the deep and groovy mood music of "Eucalyptus", to the bass-driven minimal funk of "Assault" plus the energetic and swing-fuelled Rominimal vibe of "Bagonda".
Review: Malaga's Cuartero is next up on Constant Black, bringing a finely honed minimal house sound that fits into the label's shadowy club aesthetic perfectly. "Rame" is a driving, insistent slice of stripped down house with plenty of subtle wriggles and textures gurgling away under the surface. "Melkor" has some tougher drums, not least around the low end, but the same economy of sonics is applied here where the beat takes the lead and the FX skirt and skitter around the beat. "Caterpillar" has a tougher, less swung accent to its beats, but the chunky drum machine patterns are still executed with that stern focus that makes a minimal track pop off in the mix.
Review: Sanity boss Cuartero began producing at the age of 15 and shot onto the world stage in 2012, DJing over five continents and releasing on labels such as Desolat, Moon Harbour, Saved, Circus and Hot Creations. In 2015 he was named Best Newcomer DJ at the DJ Awards and in 2017 he won best tech house artist and artist of the year at the Vicious Music Awards. His new one for Jamie Jones' ever reliable Hot Creations features the deep, down and dirty minimal afterhours groove of "What Luv", followed by by the funky tough roller "Open Ended" - which is reminiscent of mid noughties sounds by Konrad Black or Troy Pierce - nice!
Review: Spanish producer Cuartero is back with his second release on another Jamie Jones imprint - this time the ever reliable Hottrax! With recent appearances on labels like Edible, What NxT, Beste Freunde - and of course Hot Creations - he kicks out the jams on his new stomper "Balaba" - a hypnotic minimal house number that is reminiscent of Berlin legends like Cab Drivers and DJ Honesty. With its boompty groove and swing-fuelled rhythms, this one is absolutely infectious! Second offering "Come On Closer" is more pumping and aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor: here's a tough rolling thriller in the vein of current UK tech house that would mix well with the label's last effort by East End Dubs.
Review: Spain's Cuartero covers a fair range of musical ground on this EP. 'Micromaya' is a funk-fuelled tech-houser, propelled along by a rolling bassline and topped with cut-up male rap fragments, 'Aire Libre' is a sparser cut that harks back to mid-00s minimal/glitch with its micro-percussion and stop-start feel, while 'Part Of The Affair' blends the floor appeal of tech-house, the intricate sonic detail of minimal and the groove of deep house. 'Pa Chu' meanwhile, has a similar MO to the latter but also sports a vocal that's ostensibly saying "pa chu" but SOUNDS like it's saying "bad tune!" - and it is, in the best possible way.
Review: Quality boompty tech-house with added dancefloor dynamics, from the one and only Cuartero here. Malaga's finest has presented top tracks of late on Saved, Hot Creations and Knee Deep in Sound - and this new one for Eats Everything's label brings even more heat. From the rolling liquid groove action of "Rapuh" which is perfectly suited to the warm up ot afterhours alike, through to the groovy minimal funk of "Mo Chi Chi" - this EP comes right in time for the summer season on The White Isle.
Review: Spanish producer Cuartero has been on a roll at the moment, with a succession of great releases on top labels like Saved, Repopulate Mars and Desolat. He reappears here for Hot Creations, following up some great ones for the label a couple of years back. Featuring the rolling, main-room people mover "Moon Crash", jam packed full of swing-fuelled rhythms, big bassline and trippy samples galore - this one's guaranteed to the rock the White Isle this Summer. "Moon Crash" (Sneak & Tripmastaz SP1200 Fire mix) sees both the original house gangster with the Ukraine's most underrated producer teaming up for some really loopy and infectious shenanigans. Second original offering "Kool Luv" gets deeper and dirtier on this sleazy little number destined for the afterhours dancefloor.
Review: Getting 2017 off to a fine start, Desolat have again called upon the services of Cuartero, the DJ and producer whose profile is on the rise following releases on Hot Creations, Moon Harbour and Viva. The Spaniard's sound sits somewhere between house and techno and the Nosy Neighbours EP is no exception. The title track gets down with some funky and rolling main room business after the massive drop but "Multiverso" is more stripped back and functional, not to mention soulful: this one is reminiscent of Joris Voorn's Detroit influenced work. "Who Put The Bomp" is definitely going to appeal to DJs looking to rock The White Isle this summer and will catch fans of Audiojack or Leftwing & Kody.