Latest in line to lend their expertise to El Diablo’s Social Club’s evergreen edit arm are Italian Stallions DJ Rocca and N2B, who the hot jocks and disco dancers may remember from To Rack & Ruin Vol. 6. The sleeve may have changed but the menu stays the same; nothing but prime cuts and seasoned sides to savour under flashing lights and starry skies. Taking the controls in tandem, Rocca and Nic cast the net wide and dig deep to serve up four courses of dub disco and proto-house delight.
Bursting out of the speakers in an explosion of frenzied percussion, ‘Inergy’ makes a main room statement right from the get go, drawing anyone with a pulse into the speaker sweet spot for the best six and a half minutes of their life. Throwing shapes between the looser end of the disco spectrum and the earliest hints of house, DJ Rocca & N2B cycle through funk guitars and dubby horns before flipping the script with a bubbling bass synth right out of the Prelude playbook. Our favourite fratelli drop the pace to a steady stepping midtempo on A2’s ‘Mister Cheryl’, retaining the dub aesthetic and working the loops for a hyper- charged and heavily treated reshape of a Brazilian funk classic. Precise machine beats keep future time while the beachside brass and feel good vocal emerge from the mainframe with a bionic boost.
As we skip to the flipside the party keeps pounding, picking up momentum with the sustained strings, infectious guitar licks and spacious synths of ‘Music For Your Lose’. After a high octane and hypnotic intro, the track breaks into sax heavy disco euphoria, walking its bassline into the heart of the dancefloor and leading the club in a sweet and soulful sing-a-long. There’s no stopping the rocking as we reach B2 cut ‘Powa’, a robotised rerub of a Paradise Garage style space jam with all manner of echo-drenched mayhem included. Boasting plenty of junk in the trunk, this bass driven bad boy fuses gospel vocals, afro synths and mechanised rhythms into the funkiest freakout this side of Scientology - so keep your eyes on your thetan meters and your feet firmly on the dancefloor - it’s another killer from the mighty To Rack & Ruin.