Review: While this EP was recorded during the pandemic, the latest Drumcode offering from Tiger Stripes still brims with positive energy. The title track alternates between a buzzing groove and robust break beats, with the arrangement peppered with a sweet vocal sample informing us 'I get high'. On "Fire", the Swedish producer opts for a straight clubby release, but here too he peppers the rolling rhythm with intense riffs and a vocal intoning the track's title. Meanwhile, "We Love You" is powered by a throbbing, rave-influenced bass, with Tiger Stripes adding further levity by using vocoder-led samples. Rounding off this infectious EP are the pumping but atmospheric strains of "Song for Debbie".
Review: It's interesting to follow how Tiger Stripes aka Mikael Nordgren's sound has progressed over the years, from deep house into the type of tough but funky techno that prevails on this EP for Drumcode. "Recluse" is a pumping, metallic affair that cruises along at 130bpm. Featuring tripped out vocal samples, wild percussive bursts and effective builds and drops, it's big-room techno at its finest. "Until the Early Light" sees Nordgren slow down the tempo; over a growling bass and dubbed out chords, he draws on his house background for the soulful vocal sample. In contrast, "Ignition' is a tough, functional affair, led by a rolling rhythm, while "Ride" sees this talented artist draw on trance influences for a euphoric finale.