The 166th release on Suffused Music welcomes Roddy Reynaert and Phi Phi to the label for their debut EP. Hailing from France, Roddy Reynaert is perhaps best known for his work on Anjunadeep where he released two artist EPs in 2010. More recently the French producer has found a home on Armada's burgeoning Thrice imprint where his big room sound has flourished. Phi Phi meanwhile also hails from France but now calls Belgium home. A long time staple of the Bonzai Records roster, Phi Phi's unique take on progressive house has become a favourite of DJs like John OO Fleming. Having been friends and occasional studio partners for years this is not the first time Roddy and Phi Phi have worked together. The inception of their collaborative work dates back to 2014 where the duo released an EP courtesy of Roddy's own Ifonika Records imprint. Now stepping up for their first and much anticipated Suffused Music release the duo presents their 'Tour and Taxi' EP.
The EP begins with the crisp and vibrant 'Corossol'. Loaded with funk and drive, the groove pushes forward with a boundless energy as cutting edge designs quickly surround the framework. Razor sharp stabs and a strong rhythmic core take it with ease into the main break where a more melodic narrative ensues. Bubbly synths and a dreamy arp emerge from the dispersing sonics for a magic moment before the charged groove drops for a big final act.
The EP concludes with its title and showcase piece 'Tour and Taxi' which finds the duo stripping things back slightly for a more heady and delightfully percussive journey. It's techno sensibility is undeniable with hypnotic rhythms, grating designs and mesmerizing vocal hooks converging for the ultimate sonic vortex. A sure fire winner at peak time and also likely to cross genres with ease. A monster track to round out a hugely impressive debut EP for Roddy and Phi Phi on Suffused Music. Highly Recoemmended.
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