Review: Pirupa feat. Bon Homme – Rising EP


3.5 out of 5 stars

DJ/producer Pirupa’s latest release on his own NONSTOP label is the steamy Rising EP. The London-based label boss has partnered with WhoMadeWho frontman/bassist Tomas Hoffding, a.k.a. Bon Homme, for an emotive tech-house ride across sound. The original mix of “Rising” is a deep and spacey cut built around the melodic vocal work of Bon Homme. It’s dynamic and well-mixed with lush sounds and a catchy synth snaking its way in and out but never over top of the action. The Metodi Hristov remix runs with a bit more grit, the vocals replaced by a subtle chorus and simple samples while the overall vibe casts moody shadows.

Pirupa’s Drumcode alter-ego Brain Zoo’s remix brings back the Bon Homme vocal along with some aggressive “rising” samples. This one features stripped down, snappy acid-house influenced beats with hard drums and a straight-laced tech attack. Finally, the Instrumental Dub Mix is just what the name implies, rounding out the package nicely. It’s solid, and the accessible sound will work in sets across the spectrum of genres and settings this summer.

Darren Ressler

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