Italy's Alex Franchini delivers an upbeat, driving original, while various remixers head deeper…
Alex Franchini returns to 1980 Recordings with Nina, a feel-good summer house track which comes in four mixes.
First up is the Original Mix, which starts with the cheeky piano sample and a closed hi-hat, then introduces the vocal, with the volume rising as it comes in. Then the full percussion hits you and the track immediately comes to life. The bassline is frenetic but works perfectly and drives the track with ease, there are assorted swooshes and swirls of sound and it has a very summery vibe overall.
The second mix, from Jake-Tech & Paul HG, is deep, percussive and tribal and loses the piano, opting instead for African-style chanting. Next up is the Noble North Mix, where a percussive loop, the piano sample, a one-note string line and the vocal together make for a real floor-mover, with various sound FX that enhance the track. Finally you have the Terry Vernixx Remix, which opts for ethnic percussion, the vocal, a different bassline, sound stabs and the piano sample trimmed of its effects and played dry.
All four cuts are very floor-friendly with a dubby feel, and I have no favourite. I can see this track doing very well in sunnier climes because it has an exotic feel, and the piano hook is one that will stick in the brain.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 30 August
Review Score: 8