Review: Kike Henriquez – Angora Race EP

Kike Henriquez - Angora Race EP

4 out of 5 stars

Kike Henriquez breaks new ground with the Angora Race EP, the debut release from his Analog Music label. It’s a triple techno assault built from the drums up that will be shaking down dark dance floors this summer.

The title track paces itself early before punching into high gear with a brutal drop. It’s a rough housin’ tech track piled atop beefy kicks and percussive flits. The subtle layers, rolls, and change-ups keep this one driving forward.

“Bad Habits” lives up to its name—at first it seems innocent, but as with most debaucherous behavior, the more you get it, the more you need it. Another kick-centric cut, this one’s also got a dirty side with plenty of samples stirred in for flavor. The structure is fairly typical, but the driving groove and brief but energy-infused breakdowns add spice.

“This is the Rhythm” is a unique stormer with garage-y bass stabs, classic samples, and a retro vibe that old school ‘heads can appreciate.

There’s nothing pretty about the Angora EP, and that’s what makes it so appealing. It’s a hard-pounding beast that’s ready to escape the speakers. What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in raw power. The tracks may be a bit longer than necessary but the hypnotic beats and dirty grooves keep things moving along. This is the perfect addition to add some tech-driven aggression in your underground arsenal this summer.

DJ Elroy

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