Review: Ever-prolific Spanish disco don Rayko is joined once again by regular vocal collaborator Elena Hikari on an EP for Spa In Disco that packs two markedly contrasting cuts. 'Testify' itself is a slice of strutty, attitude-y nu-disco that's almost got something of a mid-00s Nag Nag Nag kinda feel, only with smoother edges... it's a cut that could well cross over onto pop floors, and if such was indeed the aim then the nods to Madge's 'Justify' probably won't hurt either! The tempo then drops right down for the hazy, Balearic 'A Different Day', which has echoes of early AMCA in its juxtaposition of dreamy fem vox and fat, squelchy bass.
Review: 14 years into his production career, Rayko is in better form than ever. That much is proved by 'Extraordinarylove', a fine slab of pitched-down, Italo-powered late-night pop featuring the fine vocals of Elena Hikari. Her lead vocal chimes out above a chugging, sequenced synthesiser bassline, bubbly lead lines and vintage-sounding drums (think Gaz Nevada, and you're close) on the Spanish producer's own 'Slow Version'. Manuel Costela provides the obligatory remix, upping the tempo and successfully re-framing the track as an atmospheric, squelchy and star-lit chunk of 21st century nu-disco excellence.
Review: Rayko joins forces with vocalist Elena Hikari for a full-length on his own Rare Wiri label. Recently the prolific Spanish producer has been spending much of his time in cosmic/Italo territory, but while such sounds are indeed in evidence here, they're not the whole story: you can hear influences too from Balearica, trip-hop and straight-up disco, not to mention the kind of grown-up dance pop that the likes of Moloko and Goldfrapp used to specialise in. The presence of Ms Hikari's voice throughout ties it all together nicely, and while the 20s pop sheen may be a little too much for some, the best bits - see for instance 'Suddenly' - are truly sublime.
Review: Ever-prolific Spanish nu-disco fave Rayko recruits vocalist Elena Hikari, who also featured on last year's Tito collab 'You Are Not Alone', for a four-track EP on his own Rare Wiri imprint. 'Suddenly' itself comes in two fairly similar-sounding mixes - Cosmic Diamond's Guitar Mix is a little hazier and druggier, while Sauco's is a bit more straight-ahead. Elsewhere, 'Flying Where You Are' is all squelch, throb and Hikari's plainitive tonsils, while the midtempo 'Death From Above' is a hypnotic, pulsating groove that leans towards the Balearic, with Hikari's vox applied here in chopped 'n' looped form.
Review: A few years ago, Tito Velcro, Elena Hikari and Rare Wiri founder Rayko joined forces in the studio and produced a handful of decidedly Balearic tracks. Now, having sat on Rayko's hard drive for "a few years", they're finally getting a deserved release courtesy of Citizens of Vice. "You're Not Alone" is suitably special, with swirling and evocative vocals from Hikari rising above lazy, laidback guitar riffs, dreamy chords, bubbly beats and soft-touch synth sounds, while 'Unforgettable' is a chugging, slow-motion treat that wraps sparkling synth lines and echoing guitars around echoing beats and low-slung bass. Rayko provides a slightly more club-friendly nu-disco take on 'You're Not Alone', while Ilya Santana re-imagines the same track as a sparse, sunrise-ready chunk of Balearic electrofunk.