Atlanta based house imprint delivers its first release of the new decade in April with Ronin by Jay Tripwire featuring remixes from house legend Charles Webster and New Yorks Adultnapper.
Ronin sees Tripwire join the likes of Eddie Richards, Alexi Delano and Hakan Libdo on the SOCO roster, and more than holds it own. The drums are simple and heavy as youd expect from Tripwire but the sometimes understated producer combines a swirling arpeggio and rich emotive strings to create something incredibly memorable and distinctive. With a held bassline which mirrors the aforementioned strings, the musicality of the track is inescapable and powerful.
Charles Webster delivers a rare, some would say Carl Craig-esque, techno interpretation which uses pace to provide a rock solid bed for a more dubbed out take on the melodies. Intense smatterings of percussion and swelling keys build drama throughout but its use of the original strings which make this one of the most anthemic pieces of music Webster has created.
Adultnappers remix follows and is a typically mind-bending slice of dubby futuristic house the producer has become known for. Heavily mangling every sound and attaching them to a steady, bass groove while letting filtered strings add texture, Harris has created a sinister, late night feel which provides a wonderful foil to the other incarnations of Ronin.
This is an exceptional release and a great example of careful A&R from SOCO Audio.
Jay Tripwires Ronin is released March 17, 2010 on SOCO Audio.