Just in time for the dog days of summer comes Piña Colada, a juicy slice of sun-drenched techno from Rodriguez Jr., (aka Olivier M, of The Youngsters [F-comm]). Fresh off his monster anthem ‘Rubbo Swingo’ for Mobilee’s ‘Leena’ sublabel, Rodriguez Jr. has created another unforgettable melody in Piña Colada. However, this time he has abandoned ‘Rubbo’s’ post-apocalpytic groans and growls, focusing instead on a playful, weightless theme that tugs up at the corners of your mouth as it skips through its octaves. This is techno for sweaty street parties, BBQ’s, and moonlit beach raves.
On the B-side, mothership’s own wunkerkinds Voodeux twist the gleeful melody into something almost sinister, infusing their signature spine-tingling soundscapes and booming toms into the mix. Their buildup gathers an almost unfair amount of momentum, crashing back in with the tuned toms before their euphoric and demented take on the main theme rides their mix to a close.
Also on the flip, Maetrik makes his second appearance on mothership in as many records, following up his ‘Space Chronic EP’ with a dark techno interpretation of Piña Colada. His version completely deconstructs the theme and rebuilds it from scratch. The end result is a Piña Colada of galactic sized bass and careening melodies – a fitting conclusion to this shimmering collection of summer techno.