Italian producer Mirco Violi makes his Hypercolour debut with a heavyweight digital package on the Brighton-based UK label that has a deep tribal feel overall. The original mixes of "Caballo" and "Breaking Rocks" both groove effortlessly along, with "Caballo" being the meatier of the two, using some saxual touches, vocal snippets and bongos to keep it going. "Breaking Rocks" uses a Nina Simone-like vocal sample to push its head over the understated parapet and has a sinewy feel to it, which is fleshed out later on in the track by a bass injection.
Chris Carrier's "Remix Uno" keeps the congas and thickens the bass, emphasizing the separation of voice from recital and has some nice warm keys to pad things out. Carrier is a ubiquitous name in these circles, but quantity is by no means a sign of a lack of quality, as these two distinct remixes show. "Remix Deux" throbs menacingly throughout, and is the darkest of all the offerings in this package. It resembles the original of "Breaking Rocks" in approach, but has a much fuller sound. Finally, BLM's "Bringing It Back Remix" of "Breaking Rocks" takes us down nicely with a deep, dubby offering full of atmosphere and evocation, but spoilt slightly by what sounds like an echoing, off-key steel drum.
The originals here speak well for themselves, but it's nice to be able to feature two quite different interpretations of the same track by the same remixer, as well as a warm BLM remix. Nothing groundbreaking going on here, just good, solid dance floor tackle.
Tracklist: Mirco Violi - Caballo EP01. Caballo (Original Mix)
02. Breaking Rocks (Original Mix)
03. Caballo (Chris Carrier Remix Uno)
04. Caballo (Chris Carrier Remix Deux)
05. Breaking Rocks (BLM's Bringing It Back Remix)