Premiere: Diego Teran & Pablo Romero, Mike Beradi – Complice [RISQUÉ RECORDS]

Launched as a new project from the team behind the emerging New York party series, the new label will offer a platform for Shahar and Motum to curate and showcase the event series’ growing sound on a global scale, with the first release landing on 10th May 2024.
A fast-rising event series at the heart of the New York house landscape, RISQUÉ has quickly made a splash as a fresh addition to one of the most iconic nightlife circuits in electronic music. Founded by DJ/producer Shahar alongside close friend Motum, the collective and party series have already hosted notable events across the city, from their launch at Somewhere Nowhere to their home at the impressive Artspace at Public Hotel, and the next move welcomes the launch of their very own label, RISQUÉ RECORDS.
Showcasing an expansion of the series’ sound, the first release welcomes a melting pot of influences spanning the Big Apple and beyond as Pablo Romero and Diego Teran unite. A fixture of NYC’s underground house scene for over a decade and founder of Archivio Record Store, Romero is a product of his Latin roots and influences merged with the raw, gritty attitude of the city, while Teran’s style draws from his Venezuelan roots, infusing them with more minimal soundscapes – showcased via his role as a resident of PARTAI with appearances across the globe. Here, the two join forces in the studio to launch the new label project, delivering a quartet of classy cuts across their ‘Cabellera Blanca’ EP on 10th May 2024.
“We often reminisce about the good old days of music and nightlife. We say that ‘music was better’, or ‘nightlife just isn’t the same anymore’, and that we wish we could go back to the Studio 54 days. RISQUÉ brings back those vibes with a new-school twist. It embodies the energy and sound of New York nightlife that we all miss, but with cutting-edge artists and music that reflect the essence of RISQUÉ. This is why we like to say that it’s not just a party; it’s a lifestyle.” – Shahar & Motum.
The title cut ‘Cabellera Blanca’ is loopy and groovy as rolling drums and floaty melodies ebb and flow beneath male Latin vocal interludes for a crisp excursion, while ‘By Water In Dumbo’ is drenched in warmth as rich keys, hazy chords, and jazzy touches combine effortlessly. Next, the pair combine with regular NYC fixture Mike Berardi for ‘Complice’, bringing skippy percussion arrangements and vibrant bass patterns, before delivering one final cut in the form of ‘Negrita La verdad’, with its stripped back, sleazy groove made for those early hour moments.

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