Each release from Offenbach’s Pager Records has been a constant source of excitement. The combination of tight production, straight-up feel-good vibes, and ridiculous grooves the next installment from long-time cohort Porco Rosso fits right in. After the sterling 10th release from Pager several months ago Porco needed to step up and he has done so in spades with the 4-track ‘Public Holiday’ EP.
In typically blissful fashion Porco Rosso’s A1 ‘Keine Worries In Den Hollies’ perfectly encapsulates the carefree feeling of a holiday of any kind especially a public holiday where everybody is in party mode. The deep rattling bassline more than takes care of the low-end business while Rhodes stabs and skipping 707 percussion hits the right balance between the tough and the sweet. Such is the ethos with Pager Records that tracks such as this can be dropped at all manner of times with similarly devastating effect.
This lush yet pounding theme continues with another highlight of the EP on A2 ‘Luc Luc Coconut’ and the deeper approach works especially well here. The elongated piano chords swell and fade into the next all the while letting the tidy drum programming fill in the gaps. Flipping over to B1 ‘Outfits4’ and this traces a similar line to that of A2 where the beats and bassline are tough as you like but the musical elements point in a different direction.
Finishing up with the jazz flecked energy of ‘Render’ and this harks to shades of A1 with the energy levels again ramped up but still with a keen eye on the funk. Pager Records has for a long time been a money in the bank label and with releases like this adding stock to the imprint and the artists that orbit it once the lockdown phase is a faded distant memory we can’t wait to hear tracks like this at peak level at label’s hoe club of Robert Johnson.
The ‘Public Holiday’ EP from Porco Rosso is now on pre-order at decks.de.