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Renato Ratier ft. PillowTalk – Home Boys


Ratier2.jpgLabel: D-EdgeScore: 8/10

Renato Ratier’s debut album on his own D-Edge imprint is proving to be one of 2013’s most anticipated full-lengths when it comes to house music – not least because one is never quite sure what to expect from the Brazilian producer. While it’s sure to be stuffed to the brim with sounds of various inclinations, his latest EP gives us a fine snapshot of what to expect, as he crosses paths with San Fran trio PillowTalk for the magnificent Home Boys EP; a package that symbolises all that’s good and great about all the producers in question.

Kicking off the EP is the title number; a lucious, lucid and bumping house interpretation that calls on everything from firm kicks to cosmic, future-tinged synths to vocoder vocals in its quest to force an impression. In the end, that’s exactly what it does too. A sure fire winner at home or on the floor, it swaggers with the sort of panache we’ve long expected from the PillowTalk boys – and one we’re increasingly enjoying for the lead protagonist, Mr Ratier himself.

Dubshape’s remix of the latetr is infused with a rich musical palette, with various melancholic vibes coursing throughout. The synths drag us to a heavenly place too – a fine compliment to the less lackadaisical strands of the original. Culminating matters is the second of the EP’s originals, the lengthy ‘Sweet Home‘. This time about, it’s the pervasive chords that do the proverbial damage, showcasing a different side to his musical arsenal in the process. Whisper it, but on this evidence we’re in for a very special treat where Ratier’s debut LP is concerned. 

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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