Artist : Michael Lovatt
Title : Binary Emotions
Label : Ricochet Records
Release : 12th October 2015
Genre : Electronica
London based imprint Ricochet Records have quietly gone about their business in delivering a consistent back catalogue of electronica based compositions. Their latest EP feature 6 tracks and comes from Berlin based producer Michael Lovatt with Muni Manuka & Marshall Watson on remix duties. Lovatt brings together his influences in EBM, house and techno in delivering a quirky sonic concoction of electronica.
‘Waves’ begins proceedings with broken tech flavour. A nice floating vocal pads moves in and out the minimal sytle syncopated percussion’s thus bringing a wonderful lounge feel track. ‘Pulse’ continues in the same vein as ‘Waves’ this time offering more heavy basslined grooved and ever progressing melodic vibe throughout. Next is ‘Reduction’ which lays down a familiar four to the floor low-end. I must say the choice of pads throughout this track are warm and spacey which really encompass what his is going for in the release. The last orignal mix is ‘Binary Emotions’ which has a distinctive 80’s feel throughout brought by the lovely synth stabs and riff which compliments the trippy fills throughout.
Londons Muni Manuka delivers his own interpretation of ‘Waves’ with a choppy glitched rendition in keeping with the broken tech structure of the original but with more industrial filled sounds which would not sound out of place on a Aphex Twin track. San Francisco minimal guru Marshall Watson takes a more house flavoured approach with a simple bassline offering a nice groove. The heavily delayed bell like top end works well with the floating arpeggiated stab and swirling pads. All in all a very solid EP and would be perfect in any lounge and chill out environment.
Waves (Muni Manuka rmx)
Reduction (Marshall Watson rmx)