SFO005/6 – Kuoyah


Italian-born Marco Donnarumma is a relative newcomer to the styles favoured here at Frijsfo Beats, but we’ve embraced his obvious talent with open arms. As Kuoyàh, his debut ‘Chase The Comedown’ was a unique-sounding piece of work for the label, smartly followed by a remix of Point B and the even better ‘Angels Dub EP’, along with reworkings of its title track by Geiom and Sully.

Part of that record’s success lay in toning down his beat-based experiments in favour of rolling roots-of-dubstep vibes and the filmic feel of classic Horsepower Productions. His latest material, though, has absolutely floored us: six pieces, split over two digital EPs, of the lushest, most unfathomable music we’ve heard this year. In its spooky luminosity and four-dimensional grasp of sound design, it bears closer comparison to the exquisitely degraded techno and electronica of Vladislav Delay and the Chain Reaction label, than to any of Kuoyàh’s natural contemporaries.

It’s hard for us to pick favourites from either bundle, but ‘Sun Resonate’ and ‘Radium’ are arguably the killers respectively, pairing his humid textures with an extra sense of propulsion to hypnotic effect. The talent and care that has gone into all of these tracks equals most things we can think of – turn them up loud for full immersion…

(Released November and December 2010)

 

*DJ Magazine review: “*Review from DJ Magazine, December 2010: “Getting very loose in a dank corner of a Berlin warehouse, Kuoyah’s music plays with shadows and murk. The Italian-born producer has had two previous releases on Frijsfo and his third has provided enough music to fit over two split EPs. This won’t see wax, which is a shame, as the degrading technoid movements brood and seethe with a dulled intensity ripe for a sleek 12”. ‘Radium’ and ‘Sun Resonate’ are particular highlights. Well worth seeking out.” (Markle)