Raphael Ripperton's success has been built on an ability to create slick, emotion-rich house music that joins the dots between crackly European tech and the warm, floor-friendly deepness of the USA. "Let's Hope" is a great example of his art. In its original form, it builds incessantly over 12 lovingly crafted minutes, wrapping vintage synth-strings and piano solos around a sturdy, tribal-influenced groove. Incidentally, the track's main breakdown will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention. Also impressive is the Bicep remix, which turns the emotion-rich original into a thrilling retro-futurist paino house ride.
After a relatively quiet year for Ripperton, he serves up this killer collection of remixes and alternative takes on his moody tech house sound for Systematic. Tobias plumbs a driving and trancey depth on "Lost In Sound", while Petar Dundov opts for similar melancholic territory. Rip's own "Farraway" offers a little more meat in a dubby stew - it's our pick of an impressive bunch - while "Flume" lets the beat do the talking.