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Rocha – Feel The Love/Night Music review

International Feel, Uruguay’s nu-edit whatnot label continues their march towards disco dominance with Rocha’s follow up to last years Hands of Love (Fingers of Sand) EP. The mysterious duo open things up with a release over two 12″s showcasing their mid tempo house sound along with two different mixers: king of the splicer Greg Wilson and Thomas Bullock of Rub N Tug fame (working as Welcome Stranger), who both give their reinterpretations of “Feel The Love”. These nestle alongside Rocha’s own “Night Music”.

“Feel The Love” grooves on an acidic baseline, all twinkling pianos topped off with a subtle male vocal, made for heads down house shuffling. Greg loops up sections of the vocal, working around the two note keyboard line, heading straight for Balearic heaven. It’s already attracting Cafe Del Mar spins from Jose Padilla. Welcome Stranger’s Creation Dub takes things in an altogether more abstract dimension, building up from an echoed-out piano intro to huge chunks of bass and kick drum pressure, eschewing any white island feel for a heavier than plutonium, taut sound. If the room and the mood are right, off you go! Dark repetitive house of the finest variety, picking up praise and plays from the likes of Prins Thomas, Tim Sweeney and the Idjuts.

The fourth side of vinyl brings us to a suitable conclusion back to Rocha’s bubble bath gorgeousness with “Night Music’s” 11mins of layered sounds, all cicadas, congas, swooshes and spacey guitar lines. Deeper than a baby seal! It’s all lovingly housed in International Feels distinctive packaging, completing a pretty much essential set. Grabbity-grab.

Review: Matthew Clarke