There's a growing feeling that the time has come for Berlin-based Brazilian Rotciv to emerge from the shadows. While he's been on the radar of those in the know for some time thanks to a string of quietly impressive edits, remixes and original productions, he's yet to receive wider acclaim. This excellent mini-album of collected original productions could finally tip the balance in his favour. He confidently flits between delicious old skool house, Italo-influenced nu-disco, pleasing deepness, contemporary electrofunk (check the delightful "Need A Fix") and wobbly Kraftwerk-isms, all the while keeping a firm fix on the dancefloor. As with most of his releases, it's well worth a listen.
Second time around for Roctiv's nu-disco era deep house jam "Victims Of The New World", this time with a string of new remixes. Roctiv's disco-sampling, acid-laden 2008 original opens proceedings, while the producer himself closes the EP with a brand new version that's noticeably brighter, breezier and a whole lot more polished. Elsewhere, there's an excellent electrofunk-meets-acid tweak from Tad Wily, a thrilling Balearic house interpretation from Andrew Clarke (seriously wide-eyed and blessed with beats that sound like they've been nicked from The Chimes' "Heaven") and a great, live-sounding re-make from The Cruising. As remixes packages go, it's pretty darn tasty.