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Franky Rizardo – The End EP [Preview]

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It’s usually a good thing when I come across music that is difficult to describe. More often than not, it means the artist is doing something interesting. Enter Dutch house producer Franky Rizardo, whose forthcoming EP on Defected Records is a compelling amalgam of classic house, tech and samba rhythms that somehow feel simultaneously fresh in approach and familiar in sound.

The title track strikes a rare balance between being upbeat and understated, contrasting the pensive vocals of English vocalist Tess Leah with bouncy throwback chords. Rizardo’s excellent Re-Rub mix adds layers of Latin beats and distant synths, while “Miami Vice” is a percussive standout that seems better suited for Brazil’s Carnaval than anywhere indoors.

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