Who doesn't love it when nobodies become somebodies, especially, as in Rocha's case, they deserve it? Rocha's debut is dominated by glistening, multi-octave piano playing that tumbles across the scales like a waterfall. "Hands of Love" is right, it sounds like the ivories are getting quite the amorous caress. Rocha aren't afraid to pile the track's chugging space-boogie with extra keyboard layers that build in a long crescendo of rising heartfelt drama, without ever drowning in excess.
With its rich variety of elements—those glistening runs, those heart-swollen chords—the piano playing offers up a wide berth of possibility for the remixer. Each version offered here finds its own way to snatch a bit of the keys and make them new. Reworks by Mugwump and Reverso 68 both solidly update the low-end while keeping the overall vibe intact. Gatto Fritto's remix is almost unfathomably deep. Slathered with waves of echo, distant guttural screams and exploding synthesizer fury, it plumbs the psychedelic depths so far it's basically the drug submarine of remixes. It's called a "Nightmare Version," and when it ends you feel like you've been pleasantly terrorized by something you haven't fully understood. It's less of a track and more of a condensed assault from the FX-return channels.
Then you got yourself DJ Harvey. Bassett's apparently become chums enough with the folks behind International Feel to sign on for three releases. It's no small coup for a brand new label, as Harvey hasn't released almost anything for over ten years under his own name. Harvey cans the piano altogether, preferring to take some rippling analog pulses and blow them up to widescreen size, add some loping live drums, and slow everything to a heart-beating, head-nodding steamroller's pace. What else did you want him to do? If you're a beard-carrying disco fan it only makes the prospect of those three forthcoming releases all the more mouth-watering.