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.
Review: With a career spanning 15 years, Swedish veteran Tiger Stripes is one of the industry's most dependable and creative talents. His last outing on Adam Beyer's Truesoul was the collaboration "Sound of The Bettest" with Snatch! main man Riva Starr. A year on, he now presents "Sneaking Hotdogs Into People's Pockets".The title comes from a segment on Youtube and influenced by his 'guilty pleasure" of '90s influenced dance pop music' and indeed is reminiscent of Eurodance pop from the said period - complete with euphoric trance arpeggios! Next offering "Guidelines' is named after the club night he used to run in Stockholm and looks for inspiration from the same period in a different form - think of the of the funky and filtered disco house on Defected or Soulfuric.
Review: It may sound hard to believe, but Insanity is Tiger Stripes' first EP on Adam Beyer's label in almost a decade. However, he has maintained a close relationship with Drumcode; he has been a regular contributor to the Truesoul offshoot label and most recently, performed at the first Drumcode Festival. "Baby" shows why he is such an in-demand act. Fusing falsetto vocals with a menacing bass and rasping metallic drums, it's an underground track that can easily pass over to the big room. "Insane" is more functional and sees the German producer drop a moody, robotic vocal over a clanging, metallic rhythm, while "Too Deep (To Bear)" is more in the traditional Drumcode sound, as a massive, evocative filter and high pitched vocals unravel over a rolling rhythm.