Remixes come from Mihai Popoviciu and Tolstoi & Andsan
Ronnie Spiteri’s label rounds off a superb 2016 in funked-up tech-house style, with this two-track EP that benefits further from two remixes by Mihai Popoviciu and Tolstoi & Andsan, though these are of opener Contemplation rather than the title track.
The original version of Contemplation starts with a percussive loop with sizzling cymbals and builds with added snares and female vocal samples into a real groover. More vocal parts get flung into the mix and the intensity gets dialled up as the track pulses and gyrates around the dancefloor. Next up is Coco Ricos itself, which comes straight at you with a distorted funky bassline, crisp percussion and a sound like rain in the background which adds to the intensity. It's a deeper track, with male spoken vocals and almost screaming risers that give it real momentum.
Then you have the two remixes of Contemplation. The Mihai Popoviciu Remix is less full-on than the original with a cool, dubby vibe to it, while Tolstoi & Andsan's pass, which closes the release, is stripped right back to bare, funky essentials but still does damage with a rolling bassline, hand claps and jazzy piano stabs which mutate into a bass-heavy midsection that will work your speakers to the maximum.
I don't really have a favourite mix here - I can see myself playing all of them over the coming months while I wait for the excellent Kenja Records to drop its first nugget of 2017, which really isn't that far away now!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 28 November
Review Score: 8