- RA's Nick Connellan described Phillip Lauer's debut album earlier this year as "yacht rock house." If the Frankfurt producer's remix of Taragana Pyjarama's "Ballibat" is anything to go by, the yacht is now moored somewhere off Benirras circa 1999. Atop deep, resonant bass keys—not a million knots away from Gat Decor' s "Passion" in fact—Lauer interlaces a dizzying stream of twinkling synth melodies and frothy percussion. Keeping the right side of kitsch, it ends up sounding like a million dollars.
Meanwhile, Wesley Matsell has made a (quiet) name for himself with releases on Border Community and more recently Studio Barnhus. The young Welshman's opening take on "Ballibat" combines sweeping, Boards of Canada-style leftfield analogue-isms with a deep, tech lushness. It's some radiantly beautiful, smart future techno. The Dub mix shows another side to Matsell, mixing up 8-bit 'tronics with almost imperceptible early electro undertones and a three-quarters speed UK garage riddim.
01. Ballibat (Lauer Mix)
02. Ballibat (Wesley Matsell Mix)
03. Ballibat (Wesley Matsell Dub Mix)