Review: One of Ripperton's many guises surfaces on Dutch imprint Tamed Musiq, having already done the business for Royal Oak and Sthlmaudio in the past. This EP represents the strongest qualities in the artist's repertoire, using a moody choice of melodic content and laying the beats down with poise. There are echoes of minimal in the softly, softly approach of "Out", not least when the groove finds its funk with just the right hat, but the synths alone make this an inviting track to get immersed in. "Africa" comes on all wistful and dreamy, but there's enough meat in the bassline and detail in the percussion to keep the mind locked in. "Roller" is more extrovert with its vocal hook and bare bones rhythm, making for the party oriented offering on a highly recommended release.
Review: Frankfurt's Rajko Muller has been responsible for some timeless dancefloor moments as Isolee since his emergence on the iconic Playhouse in 1996, chief among them the iconic "Beau Mot Plage". Having resurfaced earlier this year with that 3 track drop for Koze's Pampa label, Isolee delivers another contemporary contender for his canon of personal classics with this release for Ripperton's Tamed Musiq. "Dennis" is filled with all the warmth and production intricacies one comes to expect from an Isolee production and is complemented by tweaks from Ripperton himself and Berlin artist Baikal.. The former's self styled 'Eight Wheels dub' adds a lot more percussive groove to the mix whilst Baikal opts for a hypnotic rework that's all about the labyrinthine bassline.
Review: Swiss producer Ripperton maintains his 100 per cent appearance record on the Tamed Musiq imprint he established some twelve months ago with the brazenly euphoric fourth release Lets Hope, which comes backed with a fine Bicep remix. While you get the feeling Ripperton could possibly turn out infinitely building techy numbers in his sleep, there's no denying the hypnotic effect of "Let's Hope". Weaving woozily through a potent melange of treated strings, piano motifs, obscure vocals and thick bass stabs, Ripperton's knack for subtle peaks and drops works wonders here. In what's possibly their most high profile remix commission yet, Bicep also excel working from their familiar palette of seductive house sounds to craft an effort that's got a pleasant rhythmic kink to it.
Review: Ripperton launches his Tamed Musiq imprint in style, with an original cut from the man himself alongside a remix from Juno faves Skudge. A subtle yet throbbing bassline wedges itself below a distant vocal, occasional piano stabs and a gently soaring synth note, marking for a deeply cerebral slice of headphone tackle from the perennially underrated producer. Swedish duo Skudge, unsurprisingly, take the track into darker territory, with a version the bumps and sweats in all the right places. Nicely presented in a cardboard sleeve and simple but striking artwork.