Rod Maya – Wok Talks
Label: D-EdgeScore: 8/10
D-edge’s stock has really soared of late, so much so that it’s now rightly identified as the de facto label for house-loving heads in Brazil. For their latest number, they call on a relative newcomer to join the fray, as Rod Maya, with his brilliantly named Wok Talks EP, turns in an offering that’s draped in quality right from the off.
Up first on the heavyweight four-tracker is the title track, a sultry, disco/house amalgamation that goes some way to explaining the label’s versatility. Stripped and robotic, it practically drags the listener on to the floor thanks to its bumping ethos. One for discerning folk, for sure.
The second of the originals is ‘Too much Talk’; another track that’s basking in colourful, uptempo flair. This time, the focus switches to a more drum-based way of working, which sets the wheels in motion for Andre Butano & Domian Muller’s remix. The boys do a fine job at giving the track a neat re-rub, bringing it to slightly tougher but no less intriguing terrain. For the final outing, Manuel Shagun brings the house down as only he know how, with a more swirling and less stringent take on the original. If this EP is an indication, South America’s house scene is most definitely moving on an upward trajectory.