Ripatti, from Finland, has been torching the fringes of electronic music since the mid 1990s. From the skeletal jazz deconstructions of his 1997 debut as Vladislav Delay, The Kind of Blue, to the blurred dub techno variations of 2000’s Multila and 2012’s Kuopio, Ripatti has exhibited a voracious passion for sound. Fun is Not A Straight Line builds on this legacy, retaining his sonic signature and adding a playfulness that harks back to his deep house smash as Luomo, “Vocalcity,” we’re told.
Across 11 tracks, Ripatti draws from rap music’s rhythmic complexity and anarchic structures. “I bought Nas’ Illmatic when it came out in ’94 and have more or less been listening to rap since,” he explains. “I’m not really sure why now, but that rap influence wanted to come through.”
We’re told that the album is flavoured by chopped rap vocals, booming subs, and gritty, neck-snapping beats, drawing a crooked line between DJ Premier, DJ Screw, and DJ Rashad to form the “most accessible” and “unashamedly enjoyable” album Ripatti has produced in years.
The album’s fifth track, “Flowers,” was previously released last year as part of Planet Mu’s 25-year anniversary compilation.
In February, Ripatti revealed a new album, Rakka II, as Vladislav Delay.
To learn more about Ripatti, check out his studio feature with EDMjunkies here.
07. 90 dreams
08. wants interlude
11. girl is hip
Fun Is Not A Straight Line LP is scheduled for June 25 release. Meanwhile, you can stream “speedmemories” and “flowers” below and pre-order here.