We haven't got a clue who the artist is, but the tracks speak for themselves
Something of a mystery release, this one! Cosmikal Records is a label from Tijuana, Mexico, we know that much... but as for who Ricky-O is, your guess is as good as ours, and Google is no help whatsoever. Don't let that put you off, though, because what we have here is a two-tracker that'll have wide appeal across the deep house spectrum.
In the red corner, we have the Original Mix of Monkey In Paradise. The track opens with some simply gorgeous garage-y keys, before a solitary sax wail ushers in the surprisingly pacey 4/4s that, for the rest of the track, underpin the spoken, female French vocal, saxophone meanderings and lush, morphing pads. If you remember that time in the early-mid 90s when 'garage' and 'deep house' often didn't have a hair between 'em, then you're gonna love this mix, trust! If that doesn't suit, though, then in the blue corner there's the remix from fellow Mexican producer Shosho, who takes us down a much more twisted and techy (and. some would argue, more current-sounding) path.
The Original is my favourite but both mixes are eminently playable, making this a release that comes highly recommended for deep house lovers.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 17 December
Review Score: 8