Simon Ratcliffe, is primarily known for being one half of Basement Jaxx. The house-music craftsmen has started to drift back into music individually, recently remixing David Lynch’s 'I Know' and Throbbing Gristle’s 'Hot On The Heels Of Love'. Dorus Rijkers is Ratcliffe’s first solo offering since 1995, where he released the EP City Dreams. During Ratcliffe’s upbringing in Holland, there was legend of a famous lifeboatmen named Dorus Rijkers. Ratcliffe never properly met him but after falling into a creek in his youth, he believed that Dorus Rijkers was the person who pulled him out. This being the reason for the EP title.

The first track on the EP is ‘Tightrope'. There is an amalgamation of various synth layers with a continuous drum loop which creates a free-flowing adventure like element to the song. Everything about the track says it should not really work, with some of the sounds used being similar to what you would hear when your computer has a meltdown but somehow it does work.

'Mindset' is a slower paced, more relaxed number, again with continuous loops throughout. There is a feeling of 90’s hip-hop, driving the Chevvy past San Diego beach with top down. And all the rest of that nonsense. As the track develops there is a a more Darkstar / XX feel to the song with a wintery darkness element incorporated.

My favourite song on the Dorus Rijkers, 'Flying By The Sun' is perfectly titled. Similarly to all the rest of EP it has a thick layering of a mixture of synth samples. Starting again with a fast drumbeat, the song builds momentum, as if you were flying by the sun. A slight drop near the end of the piece brings it back down, to end the musical journey this piece of ingenious takes you on.

Cobra, a colourful heavily layered piece of music is a great end to this quite genius EP. There is a nostalgic feeling after listening to the EP, as every song seems takes you back to playing Super Mario Brothers on Zelda in your youth. These childlike sounds used by Ratcliffe help to make the EP free flowing and easily listening. It just shows that these people involved in mainstream music can still produce some brilliance, as shown by Simon Ratcliffe here, with his experimental electronic excursion.

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