Now signed to the same DJ agency as Luciano, A-Trak and Basement Jaxx, with a fabric residency and a Dirtybird release in the bag and his own label Congaloid up and running, Solo is very much on a roll. He returns to Great Stuff Recordings once again with his very own EP 2 a three-track corker.
Lead track Pumpernickel mixes disparate influences to slamming effect, pumping hard from the off with skippy old skool garage hi-hat shuffling and blasts of disco diva vocals and horns cutting through the mix. The twist comes with the introduction of vaguely twisted retro techno stabs, mischievous ticking, pitch-shifting percussion, and playful little riffs dancing around the track's peripheries and fills. Expect this one to become a staple in sets for a wide range of DJs 2 from pure house heads to the more adventurous and eclectic jocks of the tougher-edged genres.
Chris Lake's erstwhile production partner and star of his Rising Music label Lys steps up for an immensely colourful and sharp remix. His focus is honed in on a descending, melodic bassline and sassy tech percussion, and injecting a large dose of peak time fun and energy into the proceedings. His tense build-up and drop kills it, and all in all its a fine remix that provides a perfect alternative to the original.
Take A Look completes this groovy threesome, keeping the skippy energy intact, but going in deeper in terms of texture and content. Dramatic piano chords and arpeggios gradually unfold into a sumptuous layered melody, while a smokey female vocal sample adds more emotive content. It's a subtle, classy roller that harks back to classic late '90s house 2 and if it doesn't make you think of a certain Balearic island just a little bit ,we'll be surprised. A perfect track for the end of summer.