Ryota O.P.P – Future Life EP

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If the sheer quality of Ryota O.P.P’s first output titled the Future life EP on the always consistent Meda Fury wasn’t enough then you’ll be glad to know that after a very brief meeting with the man himself he’s also a thoroughly nice chap. Meda Fury, the birth child of Phonica’s Nick Williams has always been about ‘exploring the infinite possibilities of house music’. With Future Life EP being the label’s 7th release, so far they’ve done a very good job of keeping to their original manifesto.

This EP seems to be part of a wealth of releases and reissues coming to our shores from the ‘land of the rising sun’ as of late, including another on Meda Fury by Takuya Matsumoto. However this is no fad, more of a realisation of what has and is being done over there with explorations in electronic music, in particular house dating back to the late eighties, with clear nods to the US – very much like ourselves here in the UK, dare I say it on a slightly smaller scale. Check out an obvious example of this in Rush Hour’s recent reissue of Soichi Terada and Shinichiro Yokota’s early work.

Ryota O.P.P’s influences clearly extend further than early house music, there’s and obvious love of disco – in particular the more psychedelic cosmic sound with lashings of ambient electronica thrown in for good measure – but there’s no real need to pin this music down to a particular sub genre, I believe this music really does speak for itself.

First up is ‘Zombie Boogie‘ which is the one you’ll probably hear out, twisted yet straight mutant-disco for the floor, sparse, jagged and spacial, perfect bomb for the more discerning DJs out there.

Next up a nice little bubbly palate cleanser in the form of ‘Fluid’ before we’re back into tougher darker territory of ‘Rain Dance‘, which really reminds me of early stuff Lawrence and Carsten Jost were doing on Dial Records. Simarlarly so does ‘Sweet Claim’, proper slo mo haunting chug done the right way.

Lastly ‘Ebola Attack’ rounds off the EP nicely, probably the most broken of the five tracks yet retaining all the haunting mystic groove the rest of the EP has. If you’re into this kind of stuff go see DJ Harvey play all night, or just buy this record.