Erik Rico’s newest release is out now on LifeNotes Music. The EP includes all new versions – not just remixes – of the song “Wonderful,” which originally appeared on his 2007 album Journey Back to Me.
I love the future soul groove of the “Intergalactic Ancestors” version, but the highly-danceable “Afro Latin Rumble” version is just so upbeat, which seems appropriate for a song about feeling wonderful. Anyway it’s Erik Rico so it’s all good music.
Erik Rico and Marc Mac – Direct Soul
Opolopo seems to be moving from Bruk to Electro with his new album Voltage Controlled Feelings.
From the press release:
“Voltage Controlled Feelings is the sonic testimony of more than two decades of serious electro, funk and boogie studies from Swedish synth commander Opolopo! Blending epic Blade Runner soundscapes and Krautrock sequencer lines into cruising west coast beats and beyond, he proves that science fiction and funk are not only compatible, but have always belonged together.”
When you read that description, your first thought may be “another retro-futuristic Electro album?” And that would be fair. We’ve all been revisiting the 80s for a while now, and it could be time to move on. But here’s the thing: Opolopo is a talented motherfucker, and Voltage Controlled Feelings is an outstanding record. While the album’s overall sound and genre are fairly trendy, Opolopo’s performance and production are so good, you may forget about all those other Boogie Funk and Electro records that have come out in recent years.
Marc Mac and Erik Rico have come together to create Direct Soul, an EP that fuses Afro-Latin rhythms with Tech-Soul stylings, and the music is beautiful. The record features four highly-danceable, and yet organically soulful, songs.
Erik Rico says, “For me there’s no one set way that I begin the creative process, which is why technology is so important; it allows me to capture things on the fly like a moment’s inspiration.”
Appropriate comments since the duo recorded Direct Soul in one afternoon session in Marc Mac’s studio. The comments are also apt because the album relies on tight, technical production without sacrificing deep sounds and inspired melodies.
But, as tempted as we are to analyze the record’s subgenres and production techniques, that’s not what this EP is about. Direct Soul is about Erik Rico and Marc Mac getting together to record some soulful love songs, and you can hear them right here.