It's all going on for Cervo at the moment. Having just launched the Banana Hill label with an excellent record from Majid Bekkas (that he also did an edit for), the UK-based producer has now been snapped up by Marcel Vogel's Lumberjacks In Hell label to drop more of his worldly edit science. "On Rhythm" leads the charge with confidence on the A-side, using a bubbling, Afro-infused disco-funk source and making it lean and mean for the floor. There's a distinctly Nigerian lilt to the guitars that cluck away through "Dancing Dream", but it's accompanied by bright chiming chords and a solid beat that will stand up to any contemporary house jam. "Banku" is even more explicitly modern, although still layered up with gorgeous vocals and percussion from Africa.
After a period of personal issues and a formative trip to Ghana, Cervo combines his love for field recordings with his take on the classic house structures. Following up great releases for the likes of Lumberjacks In Hell, the end result is slightly harder than his previous work, but signifies his growth and development as an artist. The thumping tribal house of "Deyo" calls to mind classics such as "Women Beat Their Men" or KC Flightt's "Voices" and it's a right banger! Second offering "Kasoa" has more of a rough and dusty aesthetic, with flourishes of hip-hop and disco thrown into the mix for moody and sweaty late night groove. The UK based producer, DJ and co-founder of club night Banana Hill is said to be making his way back to Ghana for more inspiration and we can't wait to hear what's in store for us next.