Japanese producer Hirofumi Goto aka Rondenion follows up releases on Rush Hour, Aesthetic Audio and Still Music with more dope jams on Bosconi’s Extra Virgin sub-label. Goto opens with his own homage to slow-mo house, although Juno Plus eyebrows were initially raised when we clocked the BPM at a glacial 86. The thing is, it really works: too often slow house tracks simply sound like a 120 BPM tune pitched way down – but Rondenion inserts a killer groove on “Beginning of the Ring” that is actually sounds perfect as it is, blending a hip-hop tempo with clever sampling, while the heavy string work gives the track a vintage disco sheen.
Rondenion’s renowned MPC loving soul and disco-sampling style is also on full display for B Side track “In One’s Mind”, which could quite easily be Raw Cut #7. Goto’s preference for recording in the true spirit of Chicago house – live instrumentation, one take – keeps things generally uncluttered, allowing a relatively simple but inherently funky groove to prevail throughout. The insouciant piano melody, shuffling hi-hats and uptempo beat on EP closer “Like A Child” mark it out as the most dancefloor friendly cut on this little gem of an EP.