Rhymos - Hi Sparrow EP (Whistleblower Records)
01. Hi Sparrow
02. Agent Provocateur
03. Agent Provocateur (Ben Rau Remix)
Focused towards House and Deep Techno, Whistleblower is a label founded by three music producing friends; Alan Fitzpatrick (Drumcode/Hotflush), Reset Robot (Truesoul/Cocoon) and Rhymos (Rumors/Murmur), whose roots lie in the close-knit electronic music scenes of Southampton and Portsmouth on the UK’s South Coast.
The last Whistleblower was from Alan Fitzpatrick and Reset Robot who joined forces under their Customer alias, and it picked up support across the board from everyone ranging from Pan-Pot and Adam Beyer to Kölsch and Scuba.
The labels latest offering is a new EP from Rhymos, who in the words of DJ Mag (UK) “isn’t just another purveyor of greyscale Tech House by numbers...” which is backed up by his impressive back catalogue including the likes of Guy Gerber's label Rumors, Murmur, Kina Music, Sintope, Overall Music and DJ W!LD's label Catwash.
Complimenting Rhymos’ originals is a remix from German stalwart Ben Rau, who has made seminal releases on labels including Save You Records, Luna Records, Fuse London and his own Inkal Music.
First on the release is “Hi Sparrow” which has a rolling groove created by locomotive style percussion. Airy pads give the track a floating atmosphere, and the bassline rich with acid modulations adds a thud to the bottom end. Finished with a blend of ambient textures to create a dystopian soundscape, this is everything you could want from electronic music with a dancefloor focus.
Track two titled “Agent Provocateur” has lightly sequenced tribal percussion layered under mechanical hi-hats. Deep and understated, the track has a shimmering finish with fluid synths that ripple like water. Filled with the warmth of dusty pads, as things develop a breakbeat drum loop is also introduced with dramatic effect.
Finishing the release is Ben Rau who centres his remix of “Agent Provocateur” round the tribal drums taken from the original, making them the most prominent part of the track. Thick and chunky with the addition of a subtle vocal sample, this streamlined rework provides a tougher version with a loopy groove that's perfect for dark rooms and big sound systems.