Boomkat Product Review:
Upfront dancefloor heat from Mexico via Athens: Siete Catorce spins a class vinyl debut for Hypermedium with a mesh of grimy garage, deep techno and dembow ballistics to follow up the label's boundary-probing releases by Audioboyz, Evol and N.M.O.’s Ruben Patiño.
Working four smartly variegated hybrids of hyperlocal Mexicali styles and outernational pressure systems, Marco Polo Gutierrez a.k.a. Siete Catorce speaks to contemporary ‘floors with a unique grasp of rhythmic grammar and spaced-out, melancholic atmospheres that mark a fine progression from his previous digital drops with NAAFI and Enchufada since 2012.
On the front face he whisks dembow bumps into a recursive froth with subtly psychedelic and humid atmospheres giving way to lush pads and delirious voices in Risa, before calving off into sort of deep, mutant garage techno terrain recalling Batu or J. Albert in the standout Canto. With the flipside he goes more abstract, spacious yet still dead rugged in the grimy flux of Susurro, while Dialogo keeps the vibe sharply defined but open-ended with fluidly knotted dembow drums and viscous rave bass.
It’s a proper solid sound for anyone checking Debit, Lotic, Xyn Cabal or Batu.