Alexx Rubio – Shadows in the Night
Label: MEXAScore: 8/10
Alexx Rubio and Louie Fresco are the brains behind MEXA, one of the labels that’s leading Mexican house music through a golden age right now. Surprisingly, however, the dynamic duo had yet to team up in the studio together. Until, of course – now. On the brilliant Shadows of The Night EP, it’s Rubio who takes centres tage, with Fresco on support. On paper, it seems a perfect marriage. To the discerning ear, it’s even more devastating than we could have anticipated.
Full of crunchy guitar licks and crunching, popping beats, the original is a real groover of a track that’s bulging with menace and intrigue from the off. Laid-back but somehow still punchy, it’s a multilayered track that’ll get bodies moving and bemused looks at the same time.
To compliment the original, the boys have called on some seriously talented producers to perk up on remix duties. Mark Poppcke’s quirky drum arrangements almost surpass the original in terms of sheer epic scale, a fact that’s only heightened by the wash synths that mingle throughout. Maher Daniel’s rework also leans on a percussive palette, although it’s the smidgen of acid that is the prime ingredient in this one. Nicola Cruz’s Sub Treatment remix sees him go all Cybotron on our asses, with its futuristic sheen one that’s made for the ages. Which, indeed, could be said for much of this EP.