DJ Richard’s Grind LP was one of the most celebrated house-centric albums of 2015, and now the lesser-spotted producer is back with a new EP on Hamburg stable Dial. The same rich atmospheres prevail on this EP, but there’s plenty to set the record apart. Just try getting your head around the abrasive drum bite and lopsided organ refrain that courses through “Gargoyle”, or maybe cut adrift into the bombastic synth soundtrack ambience of “Stygian Freeze”. In just three tracks our Richard manages to say a lot.
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House vampire DJ Richard returns with more of his spooky dance consultations, furthering my growing suspicion that long dusty library aisles would make good club spaces. From within the same dusty twilight zone that gave us his ‘Grind’ LP, he offers ‘Path of Ruin’, three tunes that will surely turn those agnostic about winter into gothic snowpeople. Opening on the “pain” mix of the record’s title track -- with an echoing and delaying rumble of ominous chords and a beat that sounds like it’s playing out in a whitened forest -- it feels like he’s never gone away.
“Gargoyle” is a mix of harsh, claustrophobic bass -- with the walls caving in -- and a whole lot of space to move about, its hissing beat and playfully enveloping melodies sounding as deviously delighted as anything on Richard’s record prior. After this patient churn he turns his gaze to “Stygian Freeze”, a beatless abyss of warped half-song that sounds like the eerie counterpart to Shinichi Atobe’s more ambient and abstract cuts. As good a winter pantomime as you'll get this year.
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