Renato Ratier – Soul Machine EP
Label: D-Edge RecordsScore: 8/10
The exploits of the multifaceted Renato Ratier are well documented in his native Brazil, so much so that the D-Edge resident has become something of a figurehead for his country’s electronic music scene. Having spent the best part of the last twenty years behind the decks, however, it’s only now that Ratier has turned his attention to producing, with the ‘Soul Machine’ EP his inaugural release on his own suitably titled D-Edge imprint.
So what of the record? Well, the most striking aspect to the tracks here is their prevalent liking for funk. Such traits are immediately apparent in the title track, a record that sounds akin to much of Solomon’s past discography.
“Old Factory” is dance floor focused too, a melancholy record that’s sure to go down a treat at intimate session at D-Edge or at Ratier’s other lauded residency at Brazilian coast side club, Warung.
Culminating anthem “Play for Me” makes heavy use of the sort of guitar/electro mash-up mastered by MSTRKRFT during their heyday, matching the latter with a vocal sample that may or not be lifted from Diana Ross’ “Love Hangover”. With so many different elements apparent here, it’s clear that Ratier’s maiden production is one that owes a debt to the forefathers of funk and R&B. Not of course, that this is a bad thing.