Last week we posted Parisian cosmic-disco producer Zimmer’s sunny June mixtape, Tobogan. One of my favorite discoveries off it was up-and-coming Toronto production team ColeCo, whose track “Ricky Smiley” appeared on the mix. ColeCo have garnered some attention since their debut performance at CMJ last fall, supporting Com Truise and The Magician on tour, remixing artists including French Express’ Moon Boots and Kitsune’s Citizens!, and assisting The Weeknd with programming for their live sets.
Fresh on the heels of a well-received Miami Music Week venture, ColeCo released a sharp four-track EP late last month titled El Verano, available as a free download on the duo’s website. The EP is so consistent that it’s tough to choose a favorite, but the Aaliyah-sampling “Rock the Boat” offers a solid example of ColeCo’s unique production style, which merges elements of R&B, disco, and 90s techno/euro-pop. On “Rock the Boat,” the nostalgic and borderline ridiculous vocal sample is surrounded by a swirl of glittery tropical synths, misty filter sweeps, and reverb-drenched drums. Another standout track on the EP is the high energy, straight-up 90s house homage “Emotions,” built for the dancefloor with a nice euphoric chord progression, rolling bassline and big production.
STREAM: ColeCo – “Rock The Boat”