Deep / Tech House
February 2, 2018
A name that needs no introduction in the house music realm is Ray Okpara. Having established his name and brand thoroughly over the past decade, the German producer has reached a revered status in the underground scene. It is a true pleasure to start the new year by bringing you the enigmatic "Darijust" EP from Ray. The four track EP features two originals, and remixes from Luca M & JUST2, and Drastic Duo. "Darijust" introduces itself with a stripped back drumbeat packing serious attitude. Thick kicks, rolling hats, and the occasional snare roll deliver a heavy foundation, while leaving plenty of air for the variety of melodic elements to shine through. A range of melodic layers flow through the track, taking the crowd on a hypnotic trip. Stepping up the tempo is the remix from Luca M & JUST2. The duo amplify the attitude by tenfold in their minimal techno remix. A hard-hitting drum best resonates through, with chopped and twisted renditions of the melodic elements paying homage to the original. This dark roller is a perfect after-hours secret weapon. Funky bass groves take us back to the original days of dance in "Mescalin", the second original from Ray. A tight drum groove compliments the bass heavy foundation, adding a tonnage of power. Trippy vocals resonate through the breakdowns and breakbeats, adding an edgy cut to the funky groover. Drastic Duo flip the original on its head with their signature tech-house rendition of the original. The bass foundation is immediately recognisable, topped with a variety of percussive elements and snappy vocal cuts that emboss the energy to new heights. Expect this one to shake up the sound systems throughout the year. "Darijust" EP by Ray Okpara, exclusively brought to you by NoExcuse Records.