Ricky Ryan – Mess Monster EP

Artist : Ricky Ryan

Title : Mess Monster EP

Remixers : Barry Jamieson

Label : Avangardia

Release : 05.11.2013

Genre: Progressive House

Review by Andy Howarth

Avangardia have touched base with this 4-track remix EP from Ricky Ryan, and a fine one it is too.

First to take the baton is Freedo Mosho who opts for a sun-kissed Deep House rendition. Lush ambient soundscapes pair up with reverbed tropical drums, and you could easily see the end result being dropped at the likes of Cafe Mambo as the sun gradually drops towards the horizon. A lovely remix that will find favour with those who find themselves predominantly playing daytime terrace parties over the summer season (although it seems so far away at the moment!)

Vipul steps up to the plate next with a remix that’s reasonably similar to Freedo’s, albeit slightly chunkier and with a more rolling bassline. It takes me back to those wonderful Soulsonic Deep House records of yesteryear, and that’s certainly no criticism… A bit of nostalgia is a wonderful thing, and somehow this track delivers that in spades.

Time for the big guns, and Lank is next to get the call. Predictably, he doesn’t disappoint… it’s an intricate Progressive Houser with sinister grinding basslines and beautifully delicate keys that dance around each other like fireflies in the dark. Over a proper sound system, you just know this is going to sound incredible.

Barry Jamieson plays D’Artagnan to our previous 3 Musketeers, and goes huge with the core elements. It’s a big-room Prog beast that utilises massive soundscape washes in conjunstion with shaker-led percussion to form a driving brute of a tune. It also acts as a solid finale to what is a sterling EP for all occasions, and lovers of true Progressive and Deep House will have just cause to celebrate.

About the Author

Born of the Oxfordshire countryside, Andy has always preferred the quaint aspects of life around a historic city to the hustle and bustle of places like London or Birmingham. That said, the desire to satisfy his thirst for live music has led to him fleeing the tranquility of rural life on a regular basis, in favour of regions where the nightlife doesn't have to come to an abrupt end at 3am.