Coyu drops his latest bomb on Suara records, aided by several members of the underground elite. The Waveform Transmitter’s Simon Huxtable takes a listen.
The Big Cat has been busy! The first single from his highly anticipated debut album dropped this week and it has open-air Ibiza clubbing written all over it. 1+1 features the substantial talents of Mr Cagedbaby, Thomas Gandey, who is an unashamed piano-houser, and comes with a surprising set of remixes from Gerd Janson, Truncate and Cosmin TRG.
Coyu describes 1+1 as ode to love. “Without the people you love and all that you love you are nothing.” He says, “It’s a track that I’m deeply proud of, I am pretty sure that in 10 years from now I will continue to enjoy it like I did the first day it was finished and after a year and a half, I can now say that it is just as much mine as it is yours. Because you and me are also 1+1.”
So, to the track. All “nine minutes of linear and heavy groove that melts with the notes of an emotional piano” as Coyu puts it. He’s right, it’s pretty sparse for the first 2 minutes or so at which point melody lines and nuanced knocks add punch and propel the track into the main break and those gorgeous piano stabs. Keeping things simple, the piano punctuates the main groove to add a subtle air of summer to proceedings, but it’s the second breaks jazzy ad-libs which raise the bar for an old raver like this writer.
Gerd Janson turns in two versions for Suara. The first is a tough, chuggy groover focusing on the piano elements, while the second takes things peak-time with an interesting, contemporary italo-house interpretation which utilises a nagging discoid synth line to full effect.
Truncate opts to take things down the shuffling afro-house route and it’s bloody brilliant! Muddling along with the skippy percussion is a cleverly constructed bongo line and some nifty, if a little dystopian sounding, pads. The piano makes its appearance some way into the groove a little hidden by following the same pattern as the bongos; blink and you’ll miss it. Brilliant stuff from the American maestro.
Last up is Cosmin TRG who takes things to a decidedly wonky techno place. Percussion lines mutate with weird delays and flange effects creating that uneasy energy which all great techno has. The break mid-way offers some respite, but powers forward in to the second half with gusto.
If you’re looking for something to please a whole cross section of tastes, this is definitely going to be a winner for you. And, if it’s any indication of what’s in store for the album, then we are in for a treat.