No Mad Ronin
Chemical Planet EP (inc. Quiet Daze remix)
No Mad Ronin drops the ‘Chemical Planet’ EP via Zaijenroots this October, comprising three original tracks from the German producer.
Berlin-based imprint Zaijenroots was launched in 2013, with a collaborative EP entitled ‘They Are Strong’ from Ibadan main man, Jerome Sydenham, and No Mad Ronin, who returns to the imprint for a solo endeavor here. Mat Ronin aka No Mad Ronin, is a relatively fresh name to most, although it’s safe the material he has released has been of the highest quality, having debuted on Ibadan in 2012 with the ‘I Adventure’ EP. Recent support has come from the likes of Neville Watson, Mr.G, Osunlade, Ben Sims and Delano Smith, again strikingly indicating the underground appeal, and impressive production style of this budding producer.
The original mix of title cut, ‘Chemical Planet’, kicks things off here, a raw, dubbed-out number, built around gritty shuffling drums, heavily delayed chord stabs, hypnotic bass tones and tension building atmospherics. Things evolve in such a state throughout the tracks eight-minute duration, with processed vocals thrown into the mix and subtle nuances in the key elements creating a blossoming dynamic. Following on is the Quiet Daze remix of ‘Chemical Planet’, Daze, better known as Ian Pooley, offers up a stunningly contrasting mix, opting for a more direct 4/4 feel to the drums, riding out the infectious groove, while stuttering synth lines, and swirling atmospherics flutter around the foundations, incredible work as expected from such a proficient producer.
Then last up to close the single, No Mad Ronin turns in ‘See The Jungle Within’, a fantastic closing piece for the EP, winding things down with an ethereal vibe, as soft, cosseting pads build a profound depth to the record, and progressively evolve as the tracks blossoms. Then weighty kicks and raw, organic percussion are thrown into the mix driving the energy and movement around the synthesized elements.
No Mad Ronin’s ‘Chemical Planet’ EP is out on Zaijenroots 28th October 2013.
1. Chemical Planet (Original Mix)
2. Chemical Planet (Quiet Daze Remix)
3. See The Jungle Within (Original Mix)