Ramiro Lopez - Being Alone£8.99
Ramiro Lopez drops the electrifying follow up to his 'Pretending' EP from May this year. For almost a decade, Spain's Ramiro Lopez has established himself as one his country's leading proponents of techno, with strong releases across labels that include Suara, Intec, Octopus Recordings and Bedrock. He first debuted on Drumcode in 2016 with the rousing collaborative track 'Clap Your Hands' that ranked among one of the label's standout tracks for the year. With one Drumcode release already under his belt in 2017 and a new label project Odd Recordings with fellow DC cohort Arjun Vagale recently launched, he's enjoying another strong year. His return to the label comes in the form of 'Being Alone', a powerful trio of cuts, all of which featured in Adam Beyer's Awakenings Festival Day 1 performance. The title track is a multi-layered weapon, propelled by a dizzying vocal, swirling synth effects and pin-sharp percussion that build toward a smooth classy finish. 'Dark Science' is an effective stomper brought to life by a bell chime hookline and undulating synth melody ensuring its peak-time prowess. 'Der Raum' rounds out the EP, highlighted by Lopez's deft drum work, proceeded by a driving, euphoric climax.