Review: Although he's continued to offer up 12" singles at a steady rate, "Green Is The New Red" is still Tripeo's first album for six years. Featuring nine tracks spread across two slabs of wax, the set sees the experienced techno producer sashay between throbbing modular soundscapes (see the rhythmic but beat-free "Hope In The Dark"), layered deep house drowsiness (the fine title track), melodious deep space electro ("The Doughnut Is Our Safe Space"), Terrence Parker style organ-fired Detroit techno ("Shifting The Overton Window") and a handful of arpeggio-fired workouts tend towards the starry and glassy-eyed. It's a really strong collection of cuts, with enough variety to keep you entertained throughout.
Review: Traditionally, Darko Esser's outings as Tripeo have tended towards the hypnotic and trance inducing. It's notable, then, that his latest EP - the first Tripeo 12-inch for 18 months - mixes things up a little. "Food For Thought", for example, fixes melancholic, Convextion style musicality to crunchy, EBM-influenced techno drums, while the fuzzy, dirt-encrusted "Resist" sees the producer give deep electro an angular, lo-fi makeover. "Tuesday Blues", meanwhile, sees him stack layer upon layer of positive electronic melodies atop rubbery, Afro-house influenced techno drums before Bassiani/Horoom resident HVL rounds things off with his skittish, breakbeat-powered revision of "Food For Thought", which sounds like a giddy blast from the past despite the poignant nature of Esser's melodies.