Boomkat Product Review:
Sasu Ripatti might have amassed a sprawling canon of releases at this point, but that doesn’t mean the errant Fin can twist things up every once in a while, which is exactly what he does on ‘Espoo’, his latest release for the Raster Noton imprint. The interference-ridden low-end shuffle that embedded itself in his signature sound is all but gone, and in its place we’re introduced to pulsating, double time rhythms, cosmically sourced grit and noise. Thankfully there are still traces of Ripatti’s masterful touch, but ‘Espoo’ might be the boldest move he’s made since his 2000 Chain Reaction classic ‘Multila’. There are almost nods here to Andy Stott’s ‘knackered house’ and James Ferraro’s fuzzy nostalgia-core as Ripatti deconstructs techno tropes and re-aligns them confusingly – but his veteran’s hand gives ‘Espoo’ a credibility and sheen that sets him apart from his peers. Made up of two tracks and two versions, Ripatti stays in the Basic Channel mould, allowing the propulsive beats of the first half to dissolve into a haze of hiccupping synthetic slop in the second – the unusual, off-kilter rhythms are still there, just buried under translucent sheets of white noise and tape dust. ‘Espoo’ is an invigorating record, and has proven to be one of the unexpected treats of the year so far.