Fresh off remix duties on Platunoff’s Unbreakable, Rafa Alcantara returns to Bonza Progressive with the superb Himalaya EP. Also known as DJ Killer, Rafa is one of the most influential DJ’s in Spain having been instrumental in building the electronic music scene there. From the early 90’s he has been a constant presence on the local scene as well as playing on the world stage at top festivals and clubs. He co-founded Negritta Records in 2000 and quickly became noticed by the likes of Pete Tong who offered great support on BBC Radio 1. Great to see him back once again.
Himalaya intros with a muted kick alongside shuffling hi hats and a hypnotic arpeggio that sends out a message of intent. The track builds and builds into an ethereal blend of uplifting melodies and Ethnic flavours that captivate the mind. A multitude of instruments deliver a very unique sound that locks you in, waiting for the next phrase with intrigue. An absolute stomper of a tune with a huge dancefloor appeal, something for the peak time slot indeed.
Continental is a full on, head down and move with the flow progressive house joint. A pulsing, mesmerizing bassline sits at the centre of the groove as a tight drums and rhythmic percussion lead the way onto the floor. Swirling pads give a euphoric touch as raspy spoken vocals come through. We’re teased with some 303 laced notes on the break as huge synth stabs take up position. A serious progressive mover that will not disappoint.