Ri Za - Timelapse (Soundteller Records)

Ri Za returns to Deersky’s Soundteller Records with a brand new single entitled ‘Timelapse’.

The Slovakian artist is making his second appearance on the Polish imprint with the first being his ‘Perseids’ EP from November of 2015. Also owning releases on Sound Avenue and Traum, Ri Za now returns to Soundteller with a new single alongside remixes from Paul Hamilton and Peter Roots.

The original mix gets the release underway and it doesn’t take long for its galloping groove and timeless approach to win your over. Distinctive vocal samples, dulcet hooks and smooth percussive waves come together for a buzzing first act. As the vocal narrative evolves so too does its dramatic appeal, peaking during a 30 second break with ‘Music Is My Weapon’ before the powerful groove rumbles forward once more. A timeless track from Ri Za which certainly ignores the arp heavy route taken by many artists these days. 

The first interpretation of ‘Timelapse’ is provided by Paul Hamilton who is making his first appearance on Soundteller Records. Based in Dubai, Paul has been one of this year’s most prolific remixers with a steady flow of new music courtesy of Balkan Connection, Baroque Records, BC2 and Suffused Music. Now making his long awaited debut on Soundteller Paul brings his club friendly brand of progressive house to Ri Za’s ‘Timelapse’. A rounder, warmer kick and rugged groove reshapes the low end nicely while the vocal narrative plays heavily, but in a trippier context amidst a haze of effects. The rhythmic hooks are also well maintained and shine most notably during the main break, bringing anticipation as a wall of noise slowly develops, leading to a big drop and surely a magic club moment. Big remix from Paul.

The release concludes with Peter Roots making his third appearance on the label. The Polish artist actually began his career on Soundteller with a three track collaborative EP with Mr. Glass. More recently Peter returned with a contribution to the label’s 2016 Summer Sampler and also owns releases on BC2 and The Purr. His love for deep house certainly comes out in his ‘Timelapse’ remix with a funkier framework and rolling groove anchoring the piece, sitting as a great complement to the more tech house / progressive versions before it. The vocals get chopped, making for great stabs while an additional layer during the main break only adds to its hypnotic flow. There’s definitely a big party vibe about it and it rounds the release out on a strong note. A slight departure from the pure progressive sounds we’ve come to expect from the label and equally exciting as well. Highly Recommended.

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