I’ve done a lot of ‘banging on’ about how the EP is the future over the last few months since psyreviews.net has been back online, yet every time I settle down to review an album it feels like it’s more and more the way “music should be”. Then something like this pops up, instantly-digestible and triple-coated in quality, and the concept of a 70-minute artist package once again seems dreadfully dated.
Nipp is a new producer from the Czech Republic, and on the strength of this release, I want to hear more. Soon.
Lago di Lego is an almost-broken, almost-glitchy bit of tech house with dazzlingly tight production on the top end. What’s interesting is that somehow you’re listening for something as opposed to just to something — Nipp has succeeded in making his music into something that has you hanging to hear what’s going to come next.
Engineer is deliciously fluid, with peppering topend melodies suggesting themselves over a juicy house bassline. It’s not driving so much as sauntering, and the happy-vibe is always held at just about the right mark so you’re not bubbling up into Peter Heller cheese.
Leave It is a fairly misguided cover version of, or possibly homage to, Chicane’s Don’t Give Up. It all goes alright until the mail melody comes in, sounding a little forced — before a “wasp in a tin” electro bass sound comes in and makes it sound incredibly forced. No doubt someone will edit out the three or so minutes that make up the offending “bit” and we’ll all be happier, but ultimately I think we can more or less forgive the artist for this.
Top of the heap in this reviewer’s humble opinion is Refresher, which has as darn near as you’ll get to a unique sound. Well, unique-ish. There is familiarity — particularly in the phasing and the rhythmic changes. But somewhere in there is an addictive mix of dark and light, that drives things forward in a compelling and satisfying way. The drop at 3:02 is pure house bliss, but I’m going to temper that before everyone complains saying “it’s not trance” by saying the three words guaranteed to make you new friends: “it’s not trance.”
It’s good to see Tribal Vision mixing up their releases. On the one hand you have stuff that they know will work, and on the other hand you have a broader, more experimental pool of releases to keep things interesting. Something that cannot escape my attention is that compared with 2005 when it was Iboga leading the field and Tribal Vision following a close second, today Iboga are nowhere to be seen and I put this firmly down to quality of release principles.