A love of live instrumentation and a knack for writing expansive club records, Melbourne’s Roy Blues (Ryan D’Sylva) is being solidified as one of the leading electronic producers in Australia. With a gripping live show, that is turning the heads of seasoned tastemakers. Folk like Bonobo, Sasha Richie Hawtin, CC: DISCO, DJ Boring and RUFUS DU SOL have been queuing up his records, as the pot continues to bubble over Roy Blues prowess.
After a successful opening release ‘Pyramid’, and building upon his follow up EP ‘Brain Wax’, Roy Blues now takes the lead for his first ever independent release, dishing up a beautifully intense batch of tracks, that go by ‘Subterrane’. Armed with a range of synthetic instrumentation and an “obsession for manipulating soundwaves”, Roy Blues makes dance music that hits different. Tastemaker channels around the globe are starting to take notice, with local stations like Triple J, FBI, PBS and international platforms NTS Radio, The Lot (NYC), Dub Lab and Rinse FM giving him precious airtime.
Kicking the EP off is ‘Pulsar’, a calmer, more explorative affair. Showcasing his love for shapeshifting sound, Roy leads listeners on a shuddering journey, bringing new meanings to the notes you hear. ‘Pulsar’ is that excellent bridge between light and dark, a tune destined to take audiences closer to the stars during live sets.
The second visitor is ‘Obelisk’. Riddled with intensity, this track is born to be played in no atmosphere. Looped digitalised scales make way for grandiose bass notes that meld wonderfully, culminating in quite the trip. These records don’t seem to fit a genre but rather speak on their own terms.
The first single we heard ‘Subterrane’ is a sweeping, alien-like soundscape. Imagine you’ve just landed a rover on a new planet, it’s this EP playing in your helmet. A whirlpool of modulated percussion rolls over on itself, soon burrowing down into a frenetic tunnel of sound. Racy mandolin-like plucks reverberate within its walls, enthralling listeners with a volley of audio before spitting them out to safety.
Wrapping up the release is the title track ‘Still Static’. A dense cut jumping between soothing electronica and some major bass sounds. The track grows in size before climaxing in a big slow progressive groove. A fitting way to round out a stunning display of production.