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.
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.
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.
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