Nicola Cruz - Subtropique 12" EP (Rhythm Section, 2021)
"Inspired by an Ecuadorian upbringing, percussion is at the heart of how Nicola operates, with his style finding a natural home on the London label. Presenting 5 expansive efforts equally indebted to traditional drumming as they are to contemporary club sounds, ‘Subtropique’ remains sonically cohesive without feeling the need to settle to a definable style. The tracks are tied together by a lucid psychedelic thread, which despite challenging the expectations and fundamentals of electronic dance music, demand movement at a time where we yearn for it.
The EP is a new experiment for Nicola who had to strip back his setup to produce at home, using fewer elements. Noting the power of collaboration, Nicola enlisted long-time collaborator and master of drums Pablo Vincencio for ‘Zularic Permutations’. On ‘Barretto’, Nicola recognises the history of his influences, paying tribute to the North American percussionist Ray Barretto from the golden age of La Fania - a collective and record label originating in NYC in the 60s which is renowned for helping to bring Latin music to a global audience.
Nicola has gone on to become one of South America's most celebrated electronic musicians, with monthly listeners in the millions across Europe and Latin America via releases on ZZK Records, Optimo Music and Multi Culti, and famous Boiler Room and Cercle performances." - Rhythm Section