Let’s start the year off with a few things that I should have mentioned at the end of last one. The first is thanks to Shimo again, and an older set that some will have heard already. I somehow totally missed it at the time though, and it’s a very pleasant surprise to see the level of back catalogue that Risa/Rinergy has been building up over the past year or so.
If you’ve been paying attention recently then you’re already familiar with the excellent Ordeal, released late last year on Khaosnet Civilization 3, but it doesn’t even find a place in this promo set. Impressively there are a fair few tracks here that match its Nomic-esque emotional melodies, and a couple that get as close to Nomic’s style as anyone has managed for a long time. There’s also a pleasing preference for filtery leads – I’ve long thought they can improve even the most unispired freeform melody, so when they’re used with Ri-energy level of composition we’re really talking.
Overall it’s a nice combination, as those filtered melodies have something of a Substanced/Hyphen feel while the piano and swelling strings steer things in more of a Nomic direction. This is also a brilliantly constructed set with (a couple of exceptions aside) some quality transitions that are as good as you’ll hear in an artist set/live PA affair. While the final Substanced remixes aren’t my thing at all they’re a good example of how Ri-energy’s production range stretches a lot further than the excellent but pretty consistent style we’ve heard for the previous 50 minutes.
Obviously a recommended set then, and if ever CODEX is to make a reappearance Ri-energy gets my vote for a Live PA slot on the lineup – I’d love to hear a set like this in a club setting.
This one, right? https://soundcloud.com/risanrg/promo-mix
It’s quite the piece of work! My interest in this type of music has temporarily zeroed out, but the first breakdown brought me right back to my first heavy exposure to Nomic in the blizzards of Rochester. With the followup of the no-nonsense synths in the next few tracks, this feeling could already haunt me all weekend! 😀
Android Lime came back onto the map by the way! No new productions, but some old sets with at least one DJ-X tune I didn’t recognize.
(Left you hanging, huh? Glad I misclicked my way here today!)
Funny, I felt much the same way when I heard this set – so nice to hear this style being done well! Definitely worth repeated listening to a few of these tracks.
I saw that some Android sets have reappeared! Great news, I lost the recordings a long time ago. I’d love to hear what he could come up with these days.
Having been out of the Freeform scene for a while it’s nice to hear this, thanks to everyone at TYFTH over the last few years and Happy New Year to everyone!
Happy New Year! I hope you had a good one, I’ll be looking forward to your sets this year 🙂