Tim Reaper: Ecospheres (Lobster Theremin, 2021)

July 11, 2021 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tim Reaper: Ecospheres

It should be obvious by now that any time I stock up on Bandcamp releases, I always make sure to grab Tim Reaper’s latest EP. He seems to have something out every month, so there’s always something to catch up on. Ecospheres starts with a big, splashy epic called “Whirlpools”, an absolutely perfect combination of lush, atmospheric loveliness and brutal, slamming breaks (as in, why jungle was invented in the first place). Coco Bryce’s remix of Dev/Null and Reaper’s “Give It 2 Me” is turbo-powered breakbeat hardcore with rolling breaks and more hi-def production than you would’ve heard in the early ’90s… and then there’s the cartoonish “big cash payoffs” bit at the end. “Ecospheres” wraps up a Rakim sample in mind-blurring, hard-charging breaks, then has a mysterious, science documentary synth breakdown. “On Repeat” is another sunny, smooth, break-heavy jungle track that uses the “I’m so addicted” sample. Sugar rush jungle to blast while slamming a tall bubble tea.

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