Antwerp-based technocrat Ramon Tapia likes to keep his followers guessing about his next move. Having worked with esteemed labels such as Strictly Rhythm, Turbo, Remote Area, Intacto, Gem, Great Stuff and Say What?, his sound grows bigger and bolder with each new release.
Though his feet are firmly rooted in techno, Tapia’s True Definition EP, which was released this week on DJ Sneak‘s I’m A House Gangster imprint, flaunts his flair for crafting house bangers and reflects his talent and vision as an artist. So when we checked in with Tapia and asked him to share five of his current favorite releases, we weren’t surprised when he offered up a truly diverse selection of tunes.
Ramon Tapia’s True Definition EP is out now on I’m A House Gangster. His track “Don’t Go” appears on IAHG’s Magnetic Cuts V.1 compilation out July 27.
1. Malin Genie – “Sense Of Swing” (Oscilat Music)
I’m loving this old-school jacker. It’s simple yet so groovy and breathes funk all over. The Dutch are for sure on their house gam. Checked and approved in and outside of the clubs. Banger!
2. Robag Wruhme – “Volta Cobby” (Pampa)
First time I heard this track I had goose bumps straight away. The bouncy bass sound gets straight under your skin and is perfect to get people moving. It’s simple and effective in every way.
3. Atjazz – “Fox Tooth” (Local Talk)
A pure and refreshing track from Atjazz, this just gets better every time I listen to its flawless production with an extreme dose of awesomeness. One not to miss. For me it’s an instant classic that will be getting plays for a long time to come.
4. Jerome Sydenham, Aybee and Ron Trent “Fishfarmdisco” (Ibadan)
This is what you get if you put three masterminds in the studio together — pure groove and ridiculously smooth production (although I think Jerome Sydeham has the upper hand here with his typical straightforward bouncynesss.) A bit older but still a must-hear.
5. Strip Steve – “Ridin” (Boys Noize)
This will jack the shit out of most speakers worldwide with its nasty and dirty old school production that will have heads bouncing the night away. And yes it’s on Boys Noize Records — didn’t expect that either. But props to them for getting this beast out.