COYU • RAMON TAPIA
ZOMBIE DISCO SQUAD
FRIDAY 15TH FEBRUARY @ EGG LONDON
11PM – 8AM
Coyu / Ramon Tapia / Zombie Disco Squad
Room2: Nightlife London
Jay Deep / Jason Smythe / Dirty by Design & Electric Plums
Franzo Kolms / Diego Harrera / Darren Nimble
Room3: Santo Vida
Long & Harris / Mitch Hobson / The Willers Brothers
Kit Leonard / Mel Merbles / Josh Anderson & Marc Jay
Lukas Greenberg / Amir Groove / Gustavo Cossetti / Arash Bashi
Barcelona based Suara Records return to egg London for another installment of their showcase, featuring head honcho Coyu alongside label artists Ramon Tapia and Zombie Disco Squad.
COYU. After the success with “El Baile Alemán” (overall number one on Beatport last 2009) the career of Coyu keep up unstoppable releasing his music on the best labels of the moment and getting support from the most important artists of the international scene (Sven Väth, Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Joris Voorn, Marco Carola, Loco Dice or Mark Knight, to name a few). While visit the music box of mid World (from Israel to Panama, from Australia to Canada) with his unmistakable style, keep selecting the best music of the moment with his own label Suara (where has released amazing stuff from artists like Uner, Edu Imbernon, Hermanez, Wehbba, Carlo Lio or himself) within forget his other two own labels Atypical Farm (more techno oriented) and My Cup Of Tea (where indie meets house). All of this job has yield nominations and national & international awards. With the eclecticism on top, has made dance to the clubbers of more than 30 countries and has been selected by Space Ibiza as one of his main usual guess in 2010 and 2011. He and his label Suara are in the top50 of all-time most charted artists/labels on Resident Advisor.
Ramon Tapia began to find fame in the late 2000s on labels like Herzblut, Craft and Yellow Tail, forging a new school techno sound that blended the slower, sexier sounds of the contemporary vibe with his schooling in the genre from the past few decades. In 2010 he mixed a compilation for New York’s legendary Strictly Rhythm, plundering their back catalogue for a full mix of new interpretations by him and various collaborators. This marked the biggest turning point in his career, catapulting him onto the world stage. “It was a great opportunity and made me grow in a lot of aspects.” he says.
The cream of Holland’s techno scene soon followed suit, with his worked snapped up by 2000 And One’s Remote Area and 100% Pure, Shinedoe’s Intacto and Secret Cinema’s Gem Records and further afield by Germany’s Great Stuff and Tiga’s Turbo. Remixes for Paul Weller, Armand van Helden, Nic Fanciulli, Marc Romboy, Monika Kruse, Mauro Picotto, DJ Sneak and Umek and many others came. Eventually in 2012 he set up his own labels, Say What? Recordings and collaboration label Aella Music (which he runs together with Hermanez) to proliferate his sound further. With tinges of his Latin background lacing his percussion sections and his Dutch/Belgian heritage providing the basis for his hard-grooving techno template, his sound is one that mixes organic, tribal rhythm and syncopation and electronic machinations to potent effect.
Zombie Disco Squad were raised from the dead in 2006. Starting out as DJs, their Zombie Disco Squad parties across east and west London quickly became the thing of legend. Meanwhile, residencies at the likes of Dalston-den Catch and Central-London playground The Social, a slew of internet based mix tapes and a track ‘Straight Boy’ given away for free clocking over 10,000 downloads meant that Zombie Disco Squad soon found themselves touring the world bringing their own version of haunted house to the masses.
Things have changed since those days with Lucas Hunter recently departing the Zombies and leaving Nat Self as the last Zombie standing. Whilst the line up may have altered the philosophy has not; Nat’s sound is inspired by everything from classic house, ghetto tech, disco and hip hop. It’s this off-kilter approach to dance music that continues to see Nat in demand as a DJ, playing at the seediest rave dens to the biggest brightest clubs, including a residency at Berlin’s Watergate for ‘Made For The Night’, tours of Japan, North America, Australia, all over Europe, as well as back in his homeland of England.
Past releases on labels like Jesse Rose’ Made To Play, Dirty Bird and Sound Pellegrino as well as remixes for big hitters such as Cashmere, Black Box and Groove Armada mean that Nat has proved his versatility and demonstrated his natural skill for reworking tracks. His forthcoming debut album ‘Brains’ on Made To Play (May 2012) is a case in point; an all-out assault on the senses that fully deserves it’s place in the spotlight as Made To Play’s only album release this year.