Artist: Ray Okpara
Title: Sugar Feel EP
Cat. #: mobilee139
Release Date: November 7th 2014
A1. Sugar Feel (Original Version)
A2. Sugar Feel (Dub Version) (Vinyl only)
Fresh off the back of his recent ‘Gypsy’ EP on Nic Fanciulli’s Saved Recordings imprint, Ray Okpara returns to the mobilee stable with a deliciously dark double hitter. With his half-Nigerian roots, he’s often known for rhythmically intricate music productions built on addictive, loop-driven beats. Here however, he interestingly he opts to let the bassline, melody, and atmospherics do the talking instead.
Title track ‘Sugar Feel’ is a funky dub-roller with a warped vocal sample flitting through a seductive whirlpool of FX-laden chords and stabs. A mechanoid synth pulses in and out of focus, as if an electrical charge is flowing directly through the listener’s brain. A muscular tech-house beat marches through the miasma and skilfully manages to reign it in without it becoming too heady, making it ideal for peak-time moments as well as late night excursions
‘Ostroff’ is a veritable beast, an absolute party starter with a weapons-grade bassline which cruises beneath the surface like a chrome-plated shark on full alert mode. Skilfully deployed volleys of percussive stabs and vocal chops litter throughout, always giving the thunderous low-end room to breathe.