Mr. Tophat always makes a big splash, whether crafting epic, disco-licked house adventures, putting out strictly limited vinyl on his own Junk Yard Connections or collaborating with pop sensation Robyn. Next to an EP with the Swedish star, he also co-wrote and produced two songs on her latest album Honey. His taste and style straddles various musical worlds and means you can never predict his next move. A true original, this year alone he’s put out a magnificent three-part album of house, ambient and leftfield electronics and now aims for the dance floor on this latest massive.
At over 12 minutes long ‘Time Lapse’ is another Mr. Tophat masterclass in musical tension and narrative that is embellished with smart filter tweaks, dreamy vocals sounds and pixelated melodic rain. It is driven along by rubbery and propulsive kick that form an inviting bed from which you can gaze at the cosmic and sinewy chords that constantly shape-shift towards the heavens. This is a track that will have you lost in space and time and utterly enchanted by the majesty of it all.
DJ Tennis then steps up with a remix and is himself having a busy year that sees him release the Redrago album with Red Axes. Here he ups the dance floor clout with crisp percussion and more upright drums. Gorgeous arps will have people reaching for the skies and utterly lost in amongst the stars.
These are two terrific journeys that make for moments of magical dance.
A1. Time Lapse
B1. Time Lapse (DJ Tennis Remix)