Cera Alba // Can’t Let You Go [Innercircle]
As we all no doubt realise, one of the stories of the past two years has been Hot Creations and Hot Waves…and Cera Alba has been a strong part of that success. His soulful, referential but futuristic sound fits the bill and on this occasion, he appears on Innercircle, a modern house music home to such company as James Johnston and Alex Arnout.
The original track on this release is a quite the synthy affair with a mammoth intro designed for effect. It majors on a vocal from an early 90s Italo piano-type house track that I just cannot trainspot right now. ..apart from the fact Slam used it on their debut “Eterna”. The track lumbers in and out of groove but for me, lacks the killer touch that the epic approach perhaps demands.
However, in the hands of Alex Agore, it becomes a more understated and moody affair. Sounding immediately like a lost Nu Groove EP, the German master takes us into club territory with steady string builds and a distinctly disco feel. Very nice indeed and one for warm ups in seedy underground basements full of house heads….wherever these lucky places are! Excellent work from a seasoned producer.
Dublin-based Italian Lerosa also elects to keep it deep with a more plodding groove and dark approach that, despite some interesting sounds, feels quite raw and unfinished.
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Colin Cook