Review: Coyu and Lopez deliver killer tech-house for this Noir offshoot label. The title track is a rolling, bass-heavy groove; the sub-bass sounds malevolent as it underscores building chord sweeps and a stuttering, Chicago-style vocal stutter imploring the listener to 'make em clap'. It sounds like a combination of the darkest excesses of tribal house and Ron Hardy-style warehouse sleaze. As its name suggests, "Techno Raw" follows a similar trajectory, but here the sound is even heavier and the tempo higher. Rhythms roll in and provide the backdrop against which Lopez and Coyu drop a series of stomach-churning chord sequences and breakdowns.
Review: With the likes of Dave Angel on it's books, John Digweed's Bedrock label is known more for the tech side of tech-house, so new additions Coyu and Ramiro Lopez fit right at home. Having said that, they do touch on a variety of styles over the course of the four tracks here including the hissy thump of the title track, the eerie, Popof-esque "Requiem For The Crazyness" and the sparse and raw voodoo-tech of EP winner "Tolio".
Review: Miguel Lobo is yet to fly solo on a release and this time hooks up with Spanish producer Ramiro Lopez for the Timba EP. Sultry female vocals and sexual groans of "Coming Hard" make for seven minutes of sleazy tech house, equalled by the woofing bass, tickled pads, tribal percussion and male vocals of "You Know". Clever sampling and improvisational jazz keys from "Letters From The Other Side" keeps things tropically cool; one for the poolside DJs. The EPs title track "Timba" is reminiscent of Daniel Steinberg's 2009 works for Supdub and Front Room Recordings. Timba also receives a "dub mix" - Miguel Lobo & Ramiro Lopez slightly boosts the originals low end and adds some new horns during and after the break down.
Nasa Is Sweating (feat Theo Nasa) - (6:13) 129 BPM
Review: Hot on the heels of releases for Drumcode and Noir, Ramiro Lopez brings his distinctive party sound to Suara. This EP gets off to a flying start with the eerie organs and rolling drums of "Ben Ben". Within this framework, Lopez includes some looped vocal samples that add to the track's rousing nature. On "Universe", he ups the intensity levels as rave riffs dive bomb in and out of a stomping rhythm. "Unwilling To Change" offers euphoric abandon, but this time via a different path, with a grainy bass underpinning a wild, shuffling rhythm and percussive bursts. Last but by no means least are the moody, pitched down vocals and dramatic drops of "Nasa Is Sweating".
Review: Alone is Ramiro Lopez's third outing on Drumcode, and sees the Spanish producer deliver three stunning tracks. "Being Alone" features a tough drum pattern, rolling snares, a pulsing electronic bass, and, somewhere deep in the arrangement, a vocal pitched so low it's impossible to decipher. It makes for a powerful but unusual interpretation of big room techno. "Dark Science" is also built on tough kicks and features a primal vocal sample, but this time Lopez uses insistent bells ringing and chiming, as well as wild, detuned drones to set his work apart. "Der Raum" also follows an unusual approach, with massive kicks underpinning blasts of dry percussion, sirens and a wailing diva vocal.