Stripped Down label boss Claudio Ricci returns to his own label with a fresh new single that comes with superb remixes from Uner, Brigado Crew and Makossa & Megablast.

Ricci is a veteran of the scene who was born in Vienna but is based in Ibiza. He has a weekly radio show on Ibiza Global Radio and takes cues from all styles of house music. He mixes organic sounds with proper melodies to enthralling effect and after EPs on the likes of MoBlack, Compost and Sudam, serves up his best work on his own ever more vital label.

His original here is ‘Yano’, a perfectly paced track with loose, jumbled percussion. Dark, broad and sweeping chords bring tension and menace to the grooves, but a soulful vocal cry off in the distance means it also has real heart. A tribal track that is designed to unite the floor, it’s a perfect later summer anthem in the making.

Closing things down is a remix from Makossa & Megablast, who have worked together since 2004, count Carl Craig, Gilles Peterson and Laurent Garnier as fans, are hugely prolific on the likes of DeeJay Gigolo, Compost, Man Recordings and Great Stuff, and have put out more than a few big anthems in their time. Here they get playful, with nimble synths, chunky drums and a busy percussive groove that is the sort of house tune that makes perfect sense on a warm Ibiza dance floor.

This excellent EP offers various house styles that will connect with a wide range of audiences.

The Makossa & Megablast remix is available on September 27th via Stripped Down.




Artist: Claudio Ricci, Makossa & Megablast
Title: Yano EP
Label: Stripped Down
Release Date: 2018-09-27


Juany Bravo

Senior Editor