Review: Re-working a smash hit such as 1994's "Rhythm Of The Night" from Corona (originally inspired by 1987's "Save Me" from Say When) is very brave indeed; and it's exactly what Roberto Rodriguez as Manolo has done with a little help from Daniel Solar and Andi De Luxe undertaking the remixes. Four versions of the newly titled "Night Rhythm" span the double sided vinyl with Manolo's mix tweaking the original with a sultrier bassline, disco guitar licks and pitched down vocal. Remixed by German duo Daniel Solar & Andi De Luxe, "Night Rhythm" is transformed again to expose another feel altogether via an electro tinged melody . Manolo's chilled out, groovy and deep Dub version is the pick of the bunch, and comes remixed by Daniel and Andi.
Review: Fred Everything and Mike Fresco's Lazy Days Recordings label continues to celebrate a decade of dancefloor domination, this time with the second installment in their 10 By Ten EP series. This time round, Roberto Rodriguez and Nacho Marco are an the controls, with the latter's "That Smile" delivering a brilliant fusion of clanking, analogue-sounding drums, twisted acid lines and smooth deep house chords. Rodriguez flips the script on "Giving It All", dropping a warm and hazy deep house shuffler built around immersive chords, snappy drum machine handclaps and yearning, pitched-down vocal samples. It lacks a little of the stripped-back energy of Nacho Marco's rub, but more than makes up for that in toasty beauty.
Review: In the space of less than a year, Roberto Rodriguez' Serenades label has seen its releases receive admiration from the like of Tensnake and Maya Jane Coles, and this compilation release offers the label a chance to reflect on a successful year, and win themselves some new fans in the process. Label head Rodriguez contributes the Balearic boogie-funk of "Has Been", whilst the Nacho Marco remix of "Ishama" takes a more cosmic path, dancing round a handbag made entirely out of the plastic casing from vintage early 80s BBC Micro computers. Johnwaynes contribute "Never Enough", featuring relentless synths and a tight bass "n' drums combo, taking things up and down beautifully, whilst Volta Cab finish with the slo-mo soul of "I Don't Want Love", its bumping rhythm brought to life with a staccato piano sample that takes things into a housier realm.