The potential of house and techno to bring people together has long been celebrated; from the very beginning, the spirit of openness has been enshrined on the dancefloor. Or so they say. The reality in 2015 feels a little different, with homogeneity and gender imbalance in dance culture remaining largely unchallenged. Since 2008 though, pan-global label Cómeme has attempted to fight back – although you were probably too busy dancing with a grin on your face to notice. Because that’s the power of Cómeme; while joy vibrates from every release, the label’s potency comes from its role as a true outpost for outsiders.
Yup, 'outsiders'. It’s word that’s been hijacked as lazy shorthand for instant, just-add-alienation credibility recently, but here it’s the only word that sticks; a commonality that carries across a geographical sprawl that covers thousands of miles and two hemispheres. "We’re really different, not only because we’re from different countries," says Columbia-born Sebastian Hoyos, who makes music as Sano. "How we can work together, share together, I can’t explain. I can say that we are all looking for the same things: we were lonely outsiders, but we’re not alone anymore."