Venezuelan producer Trujillo named this one right. The track "Fruit Punch" is frothy yacht-disco synth pop with a lightly faded surface, like a well-thumbed photograph of a sunset. It's slightly melancholy—the milky tone of both the synth and the plucked rhythm guitar have that effect after all this time, the early '80s they evoke having gone through the stage of cultural kitsch and back through again to where it evokes a more innocent era. The tune has recurred in my head a few times before I realized what it was, too, always a good sign.
The rest of the EP keeps pace. "Looking Up Through You" is a straight up disco edit, a nice two-for-one move (rather than keeping productions and edits separate, as a lot of producers do), particularly with something this inviting. The track never burns up—it's subtle, working primarily off of some wispy strings, vocals and keyboards, and that's what keeps me returning.
"Fruit Punch" gets remixed three times, twice by Toby Tobias: "Part 1" is a little squarer, rhythmically—the bass drum stomps harder underneath a squelch disguised as a snare—and the track's melodic elements are given some added depth and gloss. "Part 2" puts the same basic elements to use under a slinkier groove, with heavier dub touches than on "Part 1," which largely just grazed the techniques. The third remix is by Eddie C, whose congas-and-handclap fits the jazzy guitar and twilit synth part even more easily than Trujillo's original.
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Tracklist: Trujillo - Fruit Punch A1 Fruit Punch
A2 Fruit Punch (Eddie C Remix)
B1 Fruit Punch (Toby Tobias Remix v2)
B2 Looking Up Through You
Digital: Fruit Punch (Toby Tobias Remix v1)