Tokyo‘s rising star Ryo Murakami has already put his diverse, electronic sound on the map with the ‚Rise‘ EP on Dessous last year, and received great praise for his track ‚My Soul‘, snapped up by Steve Bug for the Fabric mix series, which was piled high with atmosphere and dark, club energy.
His next 12“ includes two new tracks, the title cut being ‚Down The Sky‘, cooly influenced by old school house, but also more recent European forays into night music. Ryo demonstrates a heavy aptitude for stripped down futurism, with staccato, jilted beats, joined by layers of padded synth structures, looming somewhere between light and darkness. The merits of carefully weighing out your ingredients, leaving just the right level of detail; not too little, not too much, have clearly been explored by Ryo here. More to the point though, it’s a track that could string out time and create so much room to groove!
Poker Flat‘s young Greek maestro, Argy, creates a stunning hi-tech remix of ‚Down The Sky,‘ complete with mesmeric dub influenced chord stabs and tripped out washes of delay. Once again carrying on the vibe of the original, but twisting it into an altogether different beast, Argy takes Ryo‘s warm synth stabs and shapes the remix into a slow paced yet pumping club tool. Deceivingly constant, it simply builds and builds, making a time stopping, truly hypnotic moment for the dancefloor and for the mind.
The B side, ‚Coke‘ (no questions asked) welcomes another one of Ryo‘s extended journeys, this time a stronger, peak time groove which never lets off, and builds around layers of spaced out, pitching fx. Brain-tingling pitching synths heat things up, before laying down a super-funk hook that melts on top of the beats irresistibly. Ryo then leads us head-first into a series of spaced out, jacked-up movements, characterised by risqué, feminine vocal snippets. Wild Pitch rejuvenated!