Fresh off the back of his recent Gypsy EP on Nic Fanciullis Saved Recordings imprint, Ray Okpara returns to the mobilee stable with a deliciously dark double hitter. With his half-Nigerian roots, hes often known for rhythmically intricate music productions built on addictive, loop-driven beats.
Here however, he interestingly he opts to let the bassline, melody, and atmospherics do the talking instead. Title track ‘Sugar Feel’ is a funky dub-roller with a warped vocal sample flitting through a seductive whirlpool of FX-laden chords and stabs. A mechanoid synth pulses in and out of focus, as if an electrical charge is flowing directly through the listener’s brain. A muscular tech-house beat marches through the miasma and skilfully manages to reign it in without it becoming too heady, making it ideal for peak-time moments as well as late night excursions ‘Ostroff’ is a veritable beast, an absolute party starter with a weapons-grade bassline which cruises beneath the surface like a chrome-plated shark on full alert mode. Skilfully deployed volleys of percussive stabs and vocal chops litter throughout, always giving the thunderous low-end room to breathe. (added: 2014-11-03 14:05:32 )