“call_lab01 is just the beginning” – Tripmastaz collaborates with Alexkid, Cesar Merveille and Howl Ensemble
With credits on the likes of Yoyaku, Bass Culture, Cocoon, Cadenza, Ovum and in his locker, Russian DJ/producer Tripmastaz is about to enter the next phase in his much-respected career thanks to a recent move to Berlin. Currently working in the studio with Ricardo Villalobos, he has also released a string of collaborations alongside DJ Sneak on the likes of Kwench, Rawthentic and Hot Trax. Now, he’s taken the collab process one step further, siding up here with Alexkid, Cesar Merveille and Howl Ensemble for the debut release on his appropriately named call_lab label. Featuring handmade artwork by St.Petersburg based graphic artist mojo_monsta, it’s another example of the Plant 74 label owner’s consistent penchant for high class house and techno.
Up first is Tripmastaz’s collab with Alexkid, “Catch 33”. Alexkid is another producer who’s enjoyed a great run of form, and on this one both musicians triumph courtesy of an original cut that’s notable for its weighty, dubby vibes and repetitive flair. A groaning, atmosphere-heavy cut, it gets us underway with some distinction.
Up next is “Worship”, which this time around sees Tripmastaz team up with sometime Cadenza man, Cesare Merveille. A track that’s definitely been made with early morning sessions in mind, this one calls on the spirit of Detroit in no uncertain fashion. Banging but with a soft, deep and meandering current at its core, it’s a fantastic example of how to bridge contrasting sounds.
The last of the tracks on show is “Mayday”, which this time around sees Tripmastaz showcase his more gritty side alongside Howl Ensemble. A trippy, whimsical cut that’s every bit as colourful as the day its named after, it closes the release with a dexterous skill that’s abundant throughout. With releases forthcoming on Bass Culture, Berg Audio, Cuttin Headz and Ovum, 2019 looks set to be a pivotal year for Tripmastaz.
On the release, Tripmastaz says: “For years I’ve been so concentrated on my own music, but over the last few years I have embraced the collaboration process with friends and musicians I love and respect. Call_lab01 is just the beginning!”