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Marasco – Hold It Like That

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Siesta_HLT.pngLabel: SiestaScore: 8/10 

When you think Hawaii, chances are you think sun, sea and tropical trees. To be frank, what you probably don’t bargain with is electronic music. The Hawaii-based producer, Marasco, however, is a man obviously looking to put his hometown state on the map, and with a discography that already includes labels such as Surface, Orion and City Deep, it seems he’s edging ever closer to doing exactly that.

First up on his return to the Cali-based Siesta imprint is the title number, ”Hold it Like That”. Tech-house with a spirited and discerning edge, it makes smart use of some flickering synths, a sultry vocal and a raw mentality that wonderfully carries it over the finish line. Brooding and dark but with more than enough to keep the listener on his/her toes, it’s a fairly captivating listen throughout.

The ‘Back to the Roots‘ version embarks on a tougher journey, with the ante brought up a notch thanks to an onslaught of more forceful kicks. The sporadic melodies lend it its personality, while Gretchen Rhodes‘ pitched-back vocals are again paired with some most reciprocal elements. On the remix front, prolific Italian producer Danilo Vigorito supplies the goods with not one, but two remixes.

Vigorito’s first contribution is his ‘Red‘ remix; one that brings the original to its knees thanks to a deeper aesthetic and a groove-laden, bumping bassline. On his ‘Blue‘ interpretation, he stuffs it to the brim, with a seemingly perennial crescendo matched by a breakdown that harks toward techno territory. Think vintage Dubfire but with more poise – and more percussion – and you have the right idea.

The closing effort arrives thanks to American producer Derik Marin, who does a most adept job at re-working the original. Laden with sonic spheres, some seriously clattering bass kicks and – most enjoyably – some emphatic keys , it emphasises the idea that this is a package that’ll appeal to several camps.

 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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