Review: Mexican label Duro is run out of Mexico for the last 10 years, founded by Theus Mago, Moisees Ramirez Olvera and Mateo Gonzaalez - aka Bufi. He returns with the third single from his Mexico 70 album which is due to be released soon after releases on labels like Discotexas and Electrique Music. He delivers the woozy punk-funk of "Brujerias" and the psychedelic (almost acid techno) vibe of "Africa Latina" venturing into the same territory as indie dance heroes like Red Axes and Moscoman have also done of late. Remixes come from Richard Rossa - who brings the goods on the moody noir antics of his remix of "Africa Latina" as does Maya Danon on her druggy minimal tech house rework.
Review: Duro's fourth-anniversary compilation series continues with another all-action collection of cuts from their roster of mostly Mexican artists. Fausto sets the tone with "Rumble", a deliciously raw, low-slung affair in which echoing post-punk guitar riffs ride unfussy drums and a booming analogue bassline, before Darlyn Vys layers psychedelic guitars and wild vocals atop a throbbing, arpeggio style groove. Jepe's "Rosmarin" breathlessly joins the dots between robo-disco and acid house, Mordisco's "Sacromonte" is a chugging slab of synth-heavy horror disco and Carisma's "Oto Planeta" is a dark Italo-disco throb-job laden with redlined electronics and foreboding chords. It's an excellent EP for those who like their disco grooves dark, druggy and unflinchingly heavy.
Review: Mexican imprint Duro may have walked steadfast down the left hand path of late, with their knack for moody industrial influenced music, but the first installment in their new 'Muy' compilation series sees them celebrate their 4th birthday in fine fashion - with the label and its cohorts returning to their nu-disco roots in delightful fashion. Kubebe delves deep into lo-slung territory on the mesmerizing groove of "Lagomar", Lithuanian Roe Deers offers up some cut-up classic house shenanigans on "Florida", Wolfstram does deep into the exotic (Disco Halal style) on "Ritual Of Nothing" and Hanzo & Yaman deliver the neon-lit body music of "Supergeil".
Review: We are always super stoked when fresh wares from the Duro camp arrive in! This time the Mexican powerhouse serves up an extra spicy delight from fellow countryman Max Jones - he of Correspondant, My Favorite Robot and Electrique Music fame. The man comes back from a four year hiatus and makes his debut for the label in fine fashion. First up, be captivated by the metallic hiss and rattle of the brooding "Perisur" taking you deep down the left hand path with an aesthetic that will mix in well with anything by Bird Of Paradise or Sebastian Voigt. Berlin's Jepe then gets on board for a superb remix of the track which is truly hypnotic and utterly sublime. If that was not enough, Frenchman Cornelius Doctor (Hard Fist) lands an absolutely deserving slo-mo Italo rework - which we reckon was spot on!
Review: With releases on labels like Roam and Shara Music, Mijo's star was already in the ascent, and this EP for Duro will only serve to consolidate his reputation. Based on a rugged rhythm and a low-slung bass, the title track resounds to niggling percussive ticks and dubbed out claps. It sounds like a refined, futuristic take on electro house. The label has commissioned a series of remixes that vary in sound and style: Paulor's take is laden down with dramatic strings and guitar power chords, while on the Dyor interpretation, a radically different approach prevails with lo-fi guitar riffs and hypnotic pulses providing a more refined flavour. Finally, there's The Chica's take, a cut-up version peppered with New York house horns.
Review: Two originals and two remixes make up this EP from Mexico City's Moises Ramirez on his own Duro label. 'The Death Of Hope' itself in its Original form is a bass-y tech-house throbber with something of a melodic/epic slant, particularly to the ominous extended breakdown midway through, while 'Midnight Raider' has a lighter touch, combining a pulsating b-line, 'Knight Rider'-esque synths and snatches of Mission Control dialogue to killer dancefloor effect. As for the remixes, Middle Sky Boom give 'Midnight Raider' a more laidback, groovy feel, female vocal snips and nods to electro, while Younger Than Me go for the techno jugular on their refix of the title track.
Review: We are always excited when new stuff comes in from the Duro camp. The Mexican label welcomes homeboy (now New York City-based) Menio Brown aka Rigopolar with an EP packed full of his moody and expansive disco tunes. This follows up releases/remixes on Tom Tom Disco, Beat is Murder, Nein and Roam Recordings. The We Are One EP features lo-slung, cosmo/psychedelic journeys such as "Black Mantis" or "Crashes", but he gets back to old old tricks on the late night, dark side boogie-down antics of "Espiral" or the neo-noir EBM pulsations offered up on "Time".
Review: Theus Mago aka Mateo Gonz?lez is having a moment. Hot on the heels of his release for Ombra International, he returns to his own label to deliver Inertials. Like previous releases, this latest EP is inspired by the work of sci-fi writer Philip K Dick, and the title track is certainly unusual. Combining tight break beats with splurging acid, sprawling riffs and understated vocals, it's not a typical techno or house track. Things get weirder on the remix by fellow Mexican producer I?igo Vontier, where the vocals are pitched up and down and crash their way over the raw drums. There's also a wonderfully stripped back take by Jamie Paton from Cage & Aviary that puts a focus on a subsonic bass.
Review: Theus Mago is Mexican producer Mateo Gonzalez who has appered on esteemed labels like Kitsune, Discotexas and Turbo Recordings. Here he teams up with Berlin-based DJs and real-life couple Max Brudi (Munich) and Vamparela (Thessaloniki) aka Local Suicide (My Favorite Robot Records/Multi Culti/Roam) on his own co-run Duro label. "Komm Ins Loch" is a woozy and slow burning vocal-led number that joins the dots between EBM techno and nu-disco. The first remix comes from Aera (Permanent Vacation/Innervisions) whose version is respectful enough that it doesn't deviate too much from the original - just injects more dancefloor dynamic. Next up, Colossio (Calypso Records) sees the fellow Mexican go for that Multi Culti/Hippie Dance style indie-dance groove
Review: Mexico's Tyo returns to his semi-regular home of Duro clutching this two-track, four-mix EP. 'Bailando' comes on like a mid-80s Spanish-language electro workout given a lick of 21st Century production polish, while Bawrut's remix does a good job of nudging it closer to house and disco floors. The other original, 'Pieles', has one of the most distinctive intros you'll hear all week - think Benedictine monks raiding the cowbell cupboard - before unleashing more 80s flavas, this time in a more coldwave-y vein and topped with a spoken female vocal in Spanish, while Niv Ast's remix drops the tempo a notch and adds rock guitars.