La Diferencia is a repackaged version of Richenel's 1982 cassette release. Only four of the original's eight tracks make the reissue, alongside two previously unheard songs. The lyrics touch on universal themes of desire, love and disappointment. As a metaphor for fading romance, "Autumn" hits home with delicate turns of phrase. Richenel sings with an easy confidence and wisdom.
The EP has the casual warmth of an afterhours record. The songs also hint at Richenel's possible weekend rituals. "I Won't Bite" teases with amorous come ons. "Gentle Friend" gestures to drug use. Richenel seems most like himself on "La Diferencia," where he speaks, raps and sings in Spanish—sometimes in wails of soprano—over a fast beat. Listening to "La Diferencia" is a voyeuristic experience. Richenel opens a window to his racing mind, babbling with subconscious urges and half-sketched thoughts. La Diferencia is the first draft of the pop star Richenel would become. A portrait of a young man, it comes alive in flashes of unexpected depth.