Review: Compilation mixer Mar-T, Ramon Tapia and a host of others deliver a fair share of toolish, tribal house on Amnesia Ibiza Electronica - but that's only part of the story. The compilation also features the deranged, woozy horn sound of Betook's "Rusty Trombone"; the aggro, abrasive house of Danny Daz's "Ghetto Fab" and the excellent, shuffling 808 drums and resonating bass of Audiofly's "No Props". Techno is also catered for, with Antonio del Prete dropping a spine-tingling big room groove and Kabale Und Liebe & Lauhaus dropping a stripped back take on Alexis Carbrera's "Wherever", while the rumbling bass and detached vocals of DJ T's edit of Tensnake's "Around The House" sounds like an alternative summer anthem.
Review: Dutch Belgian producer Ramon Tapia is up next on Adam Beyer's Truesoul imprint, following up some great releases on Rhythm Assault, Incorrect Music and of course his own Say What? Recordings. "Manipulate" features a tough swing-fuelled bounce and a snarling Reese bassline which is 100% guaranteed to rock the main-room and lead into the peak time nicely. Second offering "Adam & Eve" is more of a moody affair, that works to create more of a feeling of tension. It's seething and steely rhythms, eerie layers of pads and adequate use of risers soon give way to a hypnotic melody, which altogether is useful for creating some compelling dancefloor drama indeed.
Club Pirate (Vinicius Honorio rework) - (6:51) 127 BPM
Review: On Deepa, the prolific Ramon Tapia shows why he is one of the most in-demand artists in the tech-house sphere. The title track is a tough tribal affair punctuated by a moody bass, clicking percussion and waves of dubbed out effects. Taken together these elements make for a powerful, narcotic sound. "Club Pirate" follows a similar approach; while it starts off with a deeper groove, the rhythm is still pumping and the same type of reverberating effects prevail. Vinicius Honorio, who has released on Drumcode, reworks "Pirate"; while stripping down the arrangement, he doesn't lose sight of the tough, rhythm-heavy approach that makes Tapia's work so compelling.
Review: The Hot Since 82 powerhouse that is Knee Deep In Sound returns with more main room, peak time tech house this time courtesy of Belgian Ramon Tapia. He's been on a roll at the moment with releases on Great Stuff and Toolroom of late. "Karma" is a dark and rolling affair that's hard on the percussion and moody on the atmosphere. It channels that same kind of energy that Carlo Lio does. The remix up next by Tiger Stripes sees the Scandinavian artist take the track into tunnelling hypnotic techno territory with its sonar like synth stabs while Berlin's Re:You steps up to the challenge but takes the track into his city's kind of aesthetic on this deep, slinky and atmospheric rendition for the late night.
Review: The Netherlands's Rik Watts teams up with none other than Belgian tech house hero Ramon Tapia to throw down some sure-fire peak time tools for the main room on the Dutch imprint Gem. First offering "Snuss' gallops away like a dark house into the wasteland with its cavernous rhythm, dubby techno stabs and sinister atmospherics which are geared for Berlin's dark warehouses or fans of the Drumcode sound. Second offering "Clurio" still retains a dusty and metallic aesthetic but joins the dots with the more rolling and funky dancefloor fodder that both producers are more previously renown for.
True Definition (Sneak Defined Rub) - (8:19) 124 BPM
Motion (original mix) - (6:54) 124 BPM
Barrydubb (original mix) - (6:15) 126 BPM
Review: Belgian house producer Ramon Tapia has done plenty since first coming to light in 2002, snapping up releases on all the essential labels from Strictly Rhythm and 100% Pure to Remote Area, We Play House and Monique Musique. After 2013's Intense EP, Tapia returns to I'm A House Gangster with a fresh salvo of upfront party-rocking house music that should easily worm its way into all manner of sets. The original mix of "True Definition" rocks a few tightly wound disco licks around a steady bump, which Sneak shuffles up and filters out further for his "Defined Rub". "Motion" gets a little more feverish with its high frequency vocal moans, while "Barrydubb" takes things a little deeper.