Ralph Myerz & The Kosmik Diamondz – Stay Kosmik EP
The long running and always excellent Paper Recordings label keeps up the pressure here with a new three track EP from Ralph Myerz & The Kosmik Diamondz.
Ralph Myerz is a long time associate of Paper and this new EP features the lead track from his forthcoming album. Ralph has been a cornerstone of the Norwegian dance scene since the early 90s when he broke globally with the Jack Herron band and “Think Twice”. Since then he has built up an eye watering body of work that ranges from jacking Chicago house and techno to nu-disco, deep house and hip hop.
Says Ralph on the making of the EP, “I love Jupiter, both the Planet and the synthesizers, so both have been in use on this album. To be nerdy I mixed it on the mixer that Eurhythmics used for their Sweet Dreams LP and fed it through a whole bunch of stuff like Roland Space Echo and some cool compressors and stuff. And I love the Roland ProMars too!”
‘Acid 4 Eddie’ opens things in purposeful style with taught drums and nerve jangling synths. It’s a slo-disco affair that grows ever more cosmic and lively thanks to Ralph’s inventive synthetic sounds and colourful sound palette. Ripping and rasping synth lines bring some energy and clipped vocals add a human element that finishes the track perfectly.
Next up, ‘Hello Space’ is another fulsome bit of deep disco with terrific synth lines and dancing melodies underpinned by rubbery, well-driven drums. The percussion, too, is sharp and prickly and the twitching synth stabs really make the track stand out.
Finally, ‘Lett Sommarmat’ is a fierce and skyward affair with uplifting chords, ripples of synth and gorgeous melodies all wrapping around each other in a truly cosmic alliance. Trumpet toots and lush string sweeps add a sense of cool and class that really set it apart.
On the evidence of these magical intergalactic sounds, Ralph Myerz next album is sure to be a sensational affair.
Stay Kosmik EP is out on July 24th 2014 via Paper Recordings. Preview it below.