"Rhonda International is the new record label outgrowth of A Club Called Rhonda, the already legendary Los Angeles club night, and now the first release from Rhonda International comes through a partnership with Scion A/V. A Club Called Rhonda helped build its reputation by booking and resurrecting legends from the house, disco and techno world, but for Rhonda International they’ve drawn from the young talent in the crowd, since the party people themselves are equally responsible for their success. The song “Return to Me” is a collaboration between B.C. (a pair of young vocalists) and Delivery (a pair of emerging producers), creating a quartet of young Los Angeles artists with currently few credits to their names, but all destined for attention.
1. “Return to Me”
“Return to Me” is an example of the unapologetic, full-on vocal house that Rhonda was built on. It’s brimming with the worked up, extra emotional energy that the party is known for. And since this is Rhonda, of course “Return to Me” pays tributes to the dance ancestors, as the song was overseen by ’90s house music legend MK.
2. “Return to Me (GODDOLLARS Remix)”
GODDOLLARS, one of A Club Called Rhonda’ s resident DJs, goes to piano house mode with an off-kilter strut on this remix. There’s plenty of stuttered squelches to jerk to on this one.
3. “Return to Me (Art of Tones Returning Mix)”
French knob twiddler Art of Tones goes classic Trax on this bouncy, Larry Heard-inspired remix. Against this colder production, this version of “Return to Me” takes on an added sense of urgency and intensity.
4. “Return to Me (Munk Remix)”
Munk drops perhaps the poppiest remix on this EP, translating “Return to Me” into a proper, celebratory mid-tempo jam. Munk’s live keys mix perfectly with B.C.’s yearning vocals.
5. “Return to Me (SFVacid Remix)”
As the name implies, this is an acid-heavy, ramped down undressing of the original track, evoking the late ’80s in Chicago and early ’90s in the UK. The pitched-down vocals and the slow-mo house chords make this a perfect chugger for either a warm up or cool down.
6. “Return to Me (Art of Tones Returning Dub)”
It was almost unheard of for dance 12-inches from the ’80s or early ’90s not to have a dub version—an alternate take with little-to-no vocals. Dance music dubs are a rarity these days, but Rhonda and Art of Tones hope to bring the tradition back.
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