RONKO, Ronin (EP)
The Netherlands-based producer Ronko is a veteran returning in a new guise and with fiery warrior intent with the songs in his new EP Ronin. Of course, the title is a reference to his Japanese roots – a ronin is a warrior without a lord or master. So dance clubs need to be on guard for the variety within from the man who was one of Martin Garrix’s teachers and early remixers previously known as Haverklap. The best of the four seriously short songs within are “Round House Kick” (above), which channels some 70’s Giorgio Moroder influence into contemporary house. “Sakura” is a top notch, dramatic instrumental to round out the EP, which also features the even-briefer “Bun It Up” and the dancehall inspired “Riddim Kick”. Overall it’s a diverse return for Ronko which is already getting attention worldwide from tastemaker DJ’s.