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Swept Illusions (original mix) - (10:31) 124 BPM
   
Swept Illusions (Dorisburg 808 dance mix) - (6:58) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Swept Illusions (Arkajo remix) - (6:47) 120 BPM
Review: It's been nearly 20 months since Raphael Ripperton last donned the Headless Ghost guise for Clone's Royal Oak offshoot. While that release, the Frontend EP, was an exploration of hissing analogue deep house peppered with sly acid house references, Swept Illusions is an altogether more polished proposition. That's not meant as a criticism; if anything, the fizzing, Latin-influenced rhythms, twinkling electronics and sun-soaked pianos that dominate "Swept Illusions" are far more memorable. The remixes come from Genius of Time under their solo aliases. Dorisburg's 808 Dance Mix is a thrilling amalgamation of dense, tribal-influenced percussion, tough 808 drums and occasional foreboding electronic stabs. Arkajo takes a different approach, layering Balearic-friendly fiddles, pads and melodies atop a shuffling, low-slung groove.
ROYAL 21
01 Dec 14
Deep House
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Basik Fire - (7:21) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
SP3 - (6:33) 123 BPM
   
Yeaahhh - (6:09) 123 BPM
Review: Ripperton dons his Headless Ghost alias for three tracks of what he describes as "intuitive house". By this he presumably means that he made the tracks intuitively, laying them down quickly, using a mix of analogue and digital gear. Certainly, there's a freshness and fluidity to "Basik Fire", a basement-friendly fusion of hypnotic acid revivalism and intergalactic, Italo-influenced riffery. The fuzzier "SP3" - all vintage synth strings, drum machine rhythms and wonky melodies - is decidedly warmer and deeper (despite the ghostly melodies that pop up in the second half of the track), while "Yeeaahhhh" does a fine job mixing up crystalline synth appregios and cranky analogue piano house. Impressive stuff, all told.
ROYAL 16
08 Apr 13
Deep House
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Out - (9:55) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Africa - (7:49) 124 BPM
   
Roller - (6:06) 129 BPM
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.
TMQ 005
06 Jan 14
Deep House
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22 - (6:57) 123 BPM
   
44 - (10:20) 126 BPM
   
11 - (6:03) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
TMQ 006
18 Mar 15
Deep House
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The Journey (NY Stomp remix) - (6:56) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Neverending Stories (North Lake remix) - (7:09) 122 BPM
   
Neverending Stories (original 12) - (5:36) 117 BPM
   
The Journey (tribute mix) - (7:28) 120 BPM
Played by: Reboot
TMQ 008
24 Mar 15
Deep House
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Let's Fall (original 12) - (9:47) 122 BPM
   
Let's Fall (Deetron WP dub) - (8:25) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Let's Fall (Agnes funztfunk bazar mix) - (5:44) 122 BPM
TMQ- 007
17 Mar 15
Deep House
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Friends (School Of 303 mix) - (7:52) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Seven Deadly Synths - (6:01) 118 BPM
   
Dirtee Groove - (9:01) 120 BPM
   
SP1 (200 Tool mix) - (3:56) 124 BPM
Played by: Pascal Viscardi
DPC063- 3
29 Jul 16
Minimal/Tech House
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