Review: Comeme's latest release offers tripped out, psychedelic house at its finest. "Shake" by Cowboy Rhythmbox is like an update on 90s US house, its muscular drums, dubby bassline and percussive licks housing a strangely infectious call and response vocal. "Quiero Bailar" by Sano is built from similar elements - only this time it's a sassy, sexy Spanish vocal that's pitted against stirring strings and hammering drums. The title track, a collaboration between Capracara and The District Union, opts for a different approach, with a searing bass underpinning eerie synths and trippy 303 riffs. DJs Pareja's "Tacha" is in the same general category, with huge, whooshing filters and a pulsing, acid-layered bassline providing the impetus. Highly recommended.
Review: South American heroes DJs Pareja have been taking their time breaking through since Matias Aguayo picked up on them back in '09, but this forthright single for Comeme should see them score some fresh fans. Lead track "De La Cabeza" is a canny update on the electroclash scene with a grinding bassline dominating the mix but tweaked with a modern twist to avoid sounding too pastiche, while the duo's vocals come in as cold a tone as they could muster from their passionate Latino roots. "No Paren" finds them in a more aggressive rave mode, focusing on pounding drums and more jagged synth work in a track that would make for a great DJ tool as much as it stands strong on its own.
Review: This release is big room house with a dark twist from Argentinean act DJs Pareja. The title track sounds like an update of the menacing sound that Armand Van Helden pioneered during the early '90s before he embarked on his pop remixing career. Over tight, staccato drums and rolling snares, they unleashe urgent female vocals and a brooding bassline. "La Risa" sees them go farther down this route; thunder claps are fused with stomping drums to create a basis for insane, shrieking laughter and a wild siren riff that keeps climaxing. The Chicago kettle drums and punishing bassline of Carisma's remix almost sounds tame by comparison.
Review: DJs Pareja have played in the most important clubs and festivals in Argentina and worldwide, taking their personal and eclectic style to dancefloors wherever they go. Core members of the Comeme label run by Matias Aguayo, the duo have been integral in defining the new school of Latin techno. "Alto" was released in late 2016 and reappears with a bunch of killer remixes now. London's Photonz goes back the sounds of west coast tribal tech house from the early noughties with his rework. Equally dark is the tunnelling and tripped out rendition by Argentinian label staple Ana Helder on "Mad Box". The real winners on here though are Salon des Amateurs resident Christian S' version of "Bwoo" which really nails that new wave of Cologne sound to a tee! Honey Soundsystem member Jackie House closes out this great EP with his stripped back acid attack on "Club De La Locura"
Review: DJs Pareja are an Argentinean duo who have been releasing sporadically on Comeme since the late 00s. For their latest outing on Matias Aguayo's label, they present a variety of styles. "Bwoo" is an acid-heavy roller focused on a central buzzing riff, while "Mad Box" sees the pair edge their way into Helena Hauff territory, as a night bird's shrieks and howls over gnarly 808s and a rumbling rhythm. In stark contrast are "Club De La Locura" and "Alto". The rhythms still swing but they are clean and angular; combined with woozy synths and whooshing sound effects, they round out another diverse release from this unpredictable pair.
Review: A double header debut from US latin techno experts Sanfuentes Records. Argentinian dancefloor legends DJs Pareja team up with Cologne's ''jackmaster' Bryan Kessler to present the Detona EP. Both parties coming in hot from their prior releases on Comeme and Numbers. Starting off with the banging machine funk of the title track, we then get into some properly jacking tech house on the rather adrenalised epic "Ramp & Rage". Their third offering "Shu Shu" firstly appears in its original format: which is a bumpin' and bass driven deep groove, until the remix by Mijo really lights a fire under its ass! Electronic voodoo music right here.
Review: Matias Aguayo's Comeme imprint is one of the most refreshing dance labels of recent years precisely because it doesn't follow a pre-determined path. As this compilation shows, Comeme's approach is refreshingly chaotic, even when the same artist is concerned. For example, Ana Helder's contributions range from heavy, grainy jack tracks such as Aguayo's take on "El Groove De Tu Corazon" to low-slung, cowbell-infested disco like "Eat Me (Carisma version)" and the Rhodesy work-out of "Beating PC". The rest of the release follows this charmingly off the wall direction, with Gladkazuka delivering a dark synth groove and Aguayo himself dipping into relentless ghetto techno on "De Oporto A Paras".
COMEMECOMPILATIONVOL 3 26 Aug 13 Minimal/Tech House
Review: Having recently dabbled in the artist album format, Comeme turn to matters of a compiled nature with this fine collection of tracks presented under the banner Gasoline. Fans of the label will be pleased to see that Ana Helder contributes the title track, whilst Argentinean selectors Djs Pareja appear twice with one track a collaboration with fellow Comeme mainstay Alejandro Paz. It's also great to see the label introduce a few new names, with the self-styled GlasGoan Auntie Flo a perfect fit for Comeme given his previous output for Huntleys & Palmers, Permanent Vacation, Mule and Kompakt Extra. The presence of Mexican duo Zombies In Miami, Portuguese 'Bachelor House' advocates Voxels and Chileans Vaskular and Valesuchi suggests Comeme's A&R skills for uncovering new talent remains as keen as ever.
Review: Matias Aguayo's Comeme label has long been a source of decidedly different electronic music - house and techno variously influenced by South American rhythms, post-punk disco, new wave and the deeper side of futurist synth-pop. This fourth label compilation confirms the imprint's unique vision, gathering 10 fine tracks and remixes from the likes of Ana Helder, Lena Wilikens, Sano and Carisma. Highlights come thick and fast, from the psychedelic flutes and foreboding, low-slung rhythms of Borusiade's remix of Helder's "Track Con Flute" and Aguayo's deliciously percissive re-make of Wilikens' "Howlin Lupus", to the early Orbital chords and Intelligent techno rhythms of RRoxymore's "D-Memory".