It’s been a big summer for Raffa FL. Festival DJs like Eats Everything and Richy Ahmed have been caning his tunes, both his outings on GU stayed in the tech house 100 for weeks and he has releases lined up for Avotre, Lost and Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep in Sound.
And of course, he’s had huge support from Marco Carola. If you’ve been at Amnesia this summer for Music On, you’ll be well aware of his large remix of Wender A. & Rods Novaes’ “Esculacho” (although try saying that after a large night out on the White Isle). And if you haven’t, here‘s Music On’s own video showing Carola giving it a 3rd outing in as many weeks (although you might want to listen here so you can actually hear the track!)
And to top it all his new EP for GU is a stone-cold killer. “Envious” kicks things off with Raffa doing what he does best, a funky-as-hell bass-heavy house jam, the kind of thing Nile Rodgers & Bernie Edwards might have made if they’d had a moog, a bunch of pills and a night out at the Sub Club instead of what had at Studio 54. “Narciso” is up next and I love it. It’s my favourite cut on this EP because it shows a house guy that’s not afraid to show some progressive and techno roots. Not that this is some Sasha-and-Digweed-in-the-90s homage. No, this is straight up techno, but with triply electronics in a Gemini / Joe Lewis / Relief Records style. Lastly, “Incenso” finishes things off with a another space-heavy groove that sounds like Todd Terry sampling the “Risky Business” soundtrack.
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DJ support from: Lee Foss, Skream, Btraits, Catz & Dogz, Low Steppa, DJ SKT, Piemont, Leftwing & Kody, Mat.Joe, Man Without A Clue, German Brigante, Monki, Sabb, Jamie K, David Keno, Martin Ikin, Robert Owens, Vanilla Ace, Severino, Funk Butcher, Devolution (Kiss FM), Jack Donhou (Lightbox, LDN), Snax, Anna Cavazos, A.N.D.Y., Wamdue Kids, Per QX, Spencer K…