PREMIERE : Rhode & Brown – St Hippolyte [Toy Tonics]

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The latest entry into
Toy Tonics ‘ catalogue of fine house and techno-leaning releases comes courtesy of label mainstays Rhode & Brown. Snabsnus marks the duo’s fourth release (and third EP) on the Berlin-based imprint, which fans of new era deep house should surely be familiar with at this point.. The EP builds on the aesthetic of their previous release, Tunnel Woman, incorporating heady samples and synth work with both vintage feel and new era stylo.

With gusto, Bolting Bits brings you the premiere for the A1 track on the release. “St Hippolyte” is a moody, pensive joint built on dark, hazy synths and a funky breakbeat. Ultimately, the track climaxes via a thick, acid-inspired riff that leads the arrangement almost to its close. The track, much like the EP, is a clear reflection of the duo’s production approach; an amalgamation of analogue hardware and samplers.

Snabsnus was produced in the commune of L’estrechure in southern France, which might’ve provided some influence for the breezy, chilled vibe of the project. Curiously, there are a few nearby communes named “Saint-Hippolyte”. One has to wonder whether one of these towns named after the theologian-come-saint served as the inspiration for the track title.

In any case, the track and EP will surely please fans of Toy Tonics’ often moody deep house aesthetic. “The A” continues the EP on the acid aesthetic, eventually revealing a mean riff amidst the bittersweet, yet uplifting chords of the lead synth and a snappy drum kit. On the flip side, “Leached Love Boils” is a brighter, cheerful arrangement laced with vocal samples and bubbly progressions. The title track, “Snabsnus”, closes the release out very nicely through use of a stuttering, jazzy progression topped with dusty samples and a vinyl crackle feel.

Toy Tonics doesn’t always drop their EP’s on vinyl (though all of their releases are available digitally), however Snabsnus will be getting the wax treatment. The EP will be available physically starting early next week and digitally either in synchrony with the vinyl release or shortly thereafter.


Martin Miguel