Brooklyn’s HOMAGE returns with its eight release this May, the vinyl-only Stride EP from Demi Riquísimo made up of three Disco infused House cuts.The UK’s producer has been gaining traction over the past few years via a run of releases on his own Semi Delicious imprint as well as remixes for the likes of Chromeo, Elder Island, and HiFi Sean. Here though we see him deliver his first original EP outside of his own label, joining the roster of New York’s HOMAGE, an imprint known for nurturing and exposing rising talent from across the globe even in its relatively early stages itself.
‘Makossa’ leads the release with a sun-drenched House feel, fusing a bumpy bass line, resonant synth licks, and swirling vocal chants alongside an organic drum groove before the latter stages ease in a bubbling arpeggio line and emotive string sequences. ‘Stride’ follows next, laying focus on a subtly modulating arp line, guitar noodles, and chopped string samples whilst a swinging rhythm and snaking synth add further fuel to the groove.
The EP’s closing tune and vinyl only exclusive, ‘Love Russia,’ harkens back to true eighties Disco aesthetics via an amalgamation of funk leaning guitar licks, intricate string melodies, and enchanting synth work. Dynamic drum and effect programming is the last touch needed for a contemporary twist on a classic style.