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.
Review: Next up on Coyu's label is a compilation that really lives up to its title. _Power starts and finishes with tracks from GLIA - the grungy, vocal-led "2x Gola" and the eerie, stepping "Laws Of Physics And Karma" - while on "External Body" Marina George lays down a tough acid track. The compilation moves a few notches in the intensity levels with Ana Lilia's pounding "In Too Deep" and the wild ghetto stomp of Zaphy's "Wein". However, _Power never strays into senselessly banging territory and Rouge delivers a superb, ebm-style workout on "Prism" and Cora's "Exit" is a linear tribal track that resounds to lean, steely percussion.
Review: Coyu's label has scored a serious coup for its latest release, recruiting techno legend The Advent aka Cisco Ferreira to deliver a superb three- track EP. "Witches Spell" is led by churning, dubbed out chords and razor sharp percussion and these elements are underpinned by tight drums. In contrast, "Live 98 Tour" is a high-paced banger, that is redolent of the looped techno sound that Ferreira pioneered during the mid-90s on the Elements of Life long player. He then hooks up with Zein to shine a light on the other side of The Advent canon: "Same 4" is a hyperactive electro track that fuses dreamy synths with splurging bass to create a distinctive, futuristic sound.
Review: For the latest release on Suara, label owner Coyu wears his influences clearly, naming tracks after inspirational performances from key DJs. First up is Laurent Garnier, with Coyu dedicating the dreamy Detroit techno of "Garnier at (any) Sonar" after the legendary DJ's annual appearance at the Barcelona festival. "Carola At Monegros, 2004" was clearly a key event for the Suara boss, and he delivers a pummelling tribal techno workout in honour of the Italian legend, while on "Clarke at the Loft, 2005", he drops nightmarish chord stabs against the backdrop of tough, doubled up drums - a worthy homage to the Baron of Techno.
Review: Coyu's label delivers another compilation with across the board dance floor appeal. It veers in style from noisy, big room bangers such as the siren-led "Class Against Class" by George Tounisdis to well as pulsating, acid-drenched workouts from Jokasti & Nek and Rhomb. This collection will also appeal to fans of deeper grooves and in that regard, the layered tribal tech of Milo Raad's "Ustikens" really stands out. Uniting these diverse approaches, all of the contributions possess an ability to work on the dance floor, from the raved-tinged "Smoke Slowly" from Exilles to JC Laurent's steely tool track, "Youth".
Review: Next up on Suara is Sebasti?n Lopez aka Flug to deliver a follow up to 2018's The Hedonist. The title track is a pounding slice of techno that resounds to rolling snares and tweaked acid lines, with these elements supporting a ponderous vocal sample. On "Nightmares", Lopez opts for a similar approach by deploying a throbbing bass, but this time combining it with tingling keys instead of the arcing 303s. Meanwhile on "Isolated", he throws down a pulsating groove and the kind of gurgling acid lines that wouldn't sound out of place on a Tin Man record. In contrast, "Winter Mood" is a far darker, grittier affair underpinned by rough kicks.
Review: Kirk Degiorgio and Coyu's Suara label are probably not names that one would normally put together, but Arc Mode sees the revered techno producer deliver a tougher than usual release. On the title track he delivers a series of frazzled acid lines, realised against the backdrop of a firing rhythm, while "Redeemer" sees him venture farther down the rabbit hole, courtesy of a panel beating, pounding rhythm. By contrast, "Astral Cell" is deeper and more tripped out, thanks largely to its hypnotic pulses and rolling groove, but this release is all about the peak time, as displayed so effortlessly by Mark Broom's tough, metal-plated take on "Arc Mode".
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".