Various Artists - Talking About EP (Fresh Cream Records)

Fresh Cream Records continues an ambitious pace with their fifteenth release, the Talking About EP. It's a diverse compilation, quite varied in sound, featuring the talents of Ru.DiJ, Max Ferrante, Achille Lombardi, and vocalist D'Layna.

Kicking things off, Ru.DiJ constructs "You Can Do It", a driving tech-influenced track perfect for the terrace and with just the right touch of house piano chords. It also features the empowering diva vocals of D'Layna. Producer Ru.DiJ grew up where Italian club culture was born, in the famous Riccione township, while D'Layna has made her name as a vocalist and songwriter with a focus on uplifting the spirits of club revelers. She's done so on collaborations with some of the world's most renowned DJs, a list that includes Sandy Rivera (KOT), Julius Papp, and Oscar P.

Doing as the Romans do, Max Ferrante divides and conquers this EP with two roles as both solo producer and vocal provider. Max has, over a decade, worked as a DJ at some of Italy's best clubs, playing alongside top house artists like David Morales and Dennis Ferrer. Working alone on "LoL", he lays down a funky bass line accompanied by softer guitar plucks and deep, melodic keys. It winds up with a lighthearted Parisian beach summer getaway feel. Together with Simil Masiano, Max shows his vocal side on "Amazing." The track features a pep-in-the-step vibe sure to make dancers flood the boogie zone.

To finish the EP, Achille Lombardi introduces the most eclectic sounds of the release. The Castrovillari born son of a radio announcer credits his father with helping spark his exploration of music. Somehow, it's all culminated in "Maria". Tribal in a folk sense, the song stomps along beneath vocal chants with hard to place string instruments, finding its energy in high pitched pings.

Hippie Torrales - “Nice package.”
Fabio Tosti (Music Plan / Transport Recordings) - “‘You Can Do It’ is the song for me. Nice, deep atmosphere.”
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - “I like the vocal samples, the beats are crisp, and the groove is rolling.”
Sam Hopkins (AccuRadio, Chicago) - “‘LoL’ is an instant classic – I love the novel sample – and ‘Amazing’ lives up to its name.”
Tony Powell (Bounce Muzik) - “I’m really digging D’Layna’s vocals on ‘You Can Do It’. But the standout out is the disco-house Philly-style of ‘LoL’. So much fun!”
Black Alley (In Control Radio Show) - “Achille Lombardi’s track ‘Maria’ is tripped-out in a really nice way.”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - “An amazing and truly eclectic EP sure to rock the floor.”
DJ Phil T (DJ Times) - “‘You Can Do It’ and ‘LoL’ are hot.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - “The deep house sound of Max Ferrante’s ‘‘LoL’’ is the one for me … impressive bass line, warm and laid back guitar, total Mediterranean chill.”
Mark Mac (The Sounds Collective) - “A couple of gems on this release. The Fresh Mix of Ru.DiJ feat. D’Layna’s ‘You Can Do It’ is a deep and funky hit.”
Pierre Ravan (KaRavan) - “Great EP. Simil Masiano’s ‘Amazing’ has a lovely beat and gritty bass line.”
DJ Deep Index (107.4 BOP FM, Australia) - “The Ru.DiJ feat. D’Layna track is gold. An awesome track … in my set you go!”

Available now from Beatport and Juno Download.