Review: Following on from the inaugural Metaroots split release from late last year, Suara delivers a second volume. Leading the charge on this collection of dynamic dance floor tracks is Rohar, with the blustering tribal drums of "Blunder", while Alessandro Grops, who featured on the first edition drops the stripped back, vocal-sampling jack of "Rexilety". Gaston Zani is another return visitor, who also draws on vocal samples, applying them to a dense, looped groove. Best of all though is Victor Fernandez' contribution, with the ominous synth stabs and steely, relentless rhythm of "The Beginning Of The End" redolent of Dave Clarke's Red series.
Review: With heavyweight support from the likes of Berghain's Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, it's no surprise that Marcal's star is in the ascent - and this release is a reminder of why he is receiving this acclaim. "Enemy 9 and "Lithurgia" are relentless, steely jacking affairs, with the former's stop-start analogue energy calling to mind the 90s work of Luke Slater, another Marcal fan. There is another, less frenetic side to this producer's sound, articulated on the dubbed out "Machidan", but in the main, this collection will turn heads thanks to its dark, dizzying energy, audible through the walking bass and dystopian synths of "Oboro".
Review: Coyu has commissioned remixes of tracks from last year's Post Raw Era series, and while the results are varied, they are also impressive across the board. First up is Suara regular Flug, who turns "Always Wanting More" into a lean, rolling rhythm that resounds to ponderous vocals and searing acid lines. Temudo, who graced Soma last year, follows a similar path as Flug with his take on "Newoldgen",dropping a dense tribal affair that's populated by wild drops and builds. Jay Clarke changes tact on his version of "Flangerism", as churning chords flow over a more stepping rhythm. Meanwhile, the Chemtrailz Freestyle remix of "Descontrol" rounds off the release with frazzled, pulsating bass tones.
Review: Coyu opens his account for 2021 with the fourth instalment of the Technostalgia series, which sees him take influence from a myriad of influences to create new strains of contemporary techno. "Technostalgia 2.0" sees the Suara boss drop a peak-time, percussive rhythm that drops and builds with laser-like precision. On "Contraindication", he deploys looped vocal samples and and rave stabs over pounding kicks, while the intense, Speedy J-like "The Loop" resounds to bursts of white noise and propulsive, metallic snares. Rounding off the release is "Hagale", where he combines a ghetto-style rhythm with a cacophony of tribal chants to create a distinctive new fusion.