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Producer Spotlight: Finland’s Roberto Rodriguez

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July 11, 2013

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I’mma continue on my Scandinavia kick, as so much incredible music is coming from the Nordic countries these years. Roberto Rodriguez aka Manolo (pioneer of projects such asĀ Future Beat Investigator, Track n Field, and Acid Kings) brings Spanish roots to Finland, where he’s been a producer of deep house music since the 90s. His gorgeous, lush sound in original tracks and remixes bespeaks a fine educated musician working in the deep house medium, and have become some of my most delirious sounds of the recent decade. Here’s a sample of some of my recent favorites.

“I Got” is a deep house anthem, if there is such a thing. With a bassline that shakes subwoofers and floating ethereal notes and washes, the break builds to an ecstatic piano triple floating over the main four-on-the-floor groove. Five stars isn’t enough–I’ve been jamming this since it came out.

“Love Withdrawal” is another lush, piano-driven groove with a winsome yearning, from his recently released “Dawn” LP.

His remix of the Monsoon Season’s “Too Cold for Love” is a recent favorite which I dropped at our Camp Conception fundraiser. The break, typical of his productions, is minor key but contains so much beauty and striving.

More at his SoundCloud page:

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