Jay Tripwire returns to Viva Recordings with his Cascadia Represent! EP, the long-awaited follow-up to his last contribution to the label, 2012's Pacific Northwest Soundscapes EP. One of the sonic masters working in the 'between deep house and techno' genre of tech house, Jay Tripwire has amassed a hefty discography – at least 300 production credits on vinyl alone – and an unassailable reputation for tough, spacey, forward-thinking nightclub sounds. The Cascadia Represent! EP continues the journey with three fantastic tracks that fit squarely within the audio ethos of the extended Viva family.
The dark drive of "W R Consumers" opens the affair, featuring warm stabs, chiming arpeggiations, and spooky phased-out dialogue. The cut confidently builds, becoming fuller and bassy-er over its ten minutes, presenting the listener with plenty to groove on. "Made For Doc" is introduced with a more percussive tribal-ish rhythm as a jaunty bass line and dubbed out vocals enter the spectrum. There's a sprig of outer space funk that'll send the dance floor into galactic permutations. The EP closes nicely with "She Ain't Talkin'", which finds a long, extra-deep intro preceding layers of string-like pads, bright sequences, and a dramatic breakdown that lead to a mid-point acid excursion. Let it loose on the proper underground.
Laurent Garnier - "Love 'She Ain't Talkin''!"
Nick Warren (Hope Recordings) - "A wonderful release from Jay Tripwire."
Phonique (Dessous Recordings) - "Bomb!"
Terry Francis (Wiggle / Fabric) - "'She Ain't Talkin' for me."
Chris Fortier (Fade) - "Jay Tripwire is a beast … always creates great vibes."
Giom (Supremus Records / Large Music) - "Great work!"
Ingo Sänger (Farside Recs / Westpark Unit) - "A very nice three tracker. The percussion-driven 'Made For Doc; is my favorite."
Murray Richardson (Electrica Salsa / Rebel Waltz) - "Brilliant stuff as usual from Jay Tripwire ... 'WR Consumers' is moody as f&%k."
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) - "The deeper groove of 'Made for Doc' is my thing here. Warm, swirling pads and a nice loose vibe."
Hippie Torrales - "Loving the deep groove. Bass thumping."
Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart / DCSTrax) - "Yet more stunning dance floor action from one of my favorite producers … great work. I love all three. Fantastic."
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite / Dialtone Records) - "Super slick! These will be tripping people out for certain."
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) - "Jay Tripwire's work is always first class and he nails it again … stunningly dark vibes. Ace."