Boomkat Product Review:
Swiss tech-house maestro Ripperton caps nearly a decade of lauded productions with his debut album 'Niwa' for Joris Voorn's Green imprint. His releases and remixes as Lazy Fat People and Ripperton have graced some of the world's most famous house and techno imprints like Planet E, Dessous and Wagon Repair, and brought him much love from players like Laurant Garnier, Tobias and DJ Koze, so you'd expect something suitably upper-crust from his first album. 'Niwa' is just that, a considered and elegantly balanced blend of minimal, classic house and European techno with a rich seam of melodic personality and lush production values. The use of Swiss-made hang drums on 'Des Promesses De Couleurs' is a lovely touch, and there's no shortage of vocal accompaniment with spoken words and vocals proper peppered across tracks like 'At Peace' and 'Echocity'. Fans of Luciano, Dinky and James Holden should consider this album a must.