Ramon Tapia // Wonderland [Say What?]
The latest release on Ramon Tapia’s freshly birthed Say What? label is from the head man himself, and an excellent example of the mystical mystery ingredient in House music. This ingredient is intangible, but you can certainly tell when a track does and doesn’t have it.
When listening to Wonderland, you hear a solid House track. However, a simple combination of the high pitched organ’s nonsensical melody and drops that hunch the shoulders with tingles create a perfectly seasoned stew. An alternate chef in the form of Patrick Bruyndonx cooks up a more tense experience – dancier, for lack of a better term, but sacrificing some of those key magic moments of the original, and thereby losing a Michelin star or two from me.
Swap to Say Your Name, an equally standard House track, and the same cannot be said. The bass/organ hook feels like someone has wrested control of the sound system, dragged out a mid-90’s b-side that you didn’t really feel the first time round, and embarked on a copy to copy 30 minute marathon session with it. That ingredient is missing, the one that cuts through with fresh excitement.
Still two out of three isn’t bad, or so Meatloaf wishes us to believe, and lead cut Wonderland certainly goes great guns to taking us to that very place.
Release Date: Out Now