For Danish composer Rumpistol, two huge driving forces behind his music are the search for beauty and the search for new sounds.
These sonic and aesthetic curiosities, which can be firmly traced back to his self-titled 2003 debut, and which anchor his identity, have taken him to many diverse fields of the electronic landscape, sometimes in collaboration with artists such as MØ and John LaMonica.
With his debut now something of a classic, praised by everyone from John Peel to Tipper—its melodic yet experimental qualities making IDM accessible—it seems fitting that he returns to his roots in order to take his sound forward.
On “Drops” - Rumpistol's first full release in 3 years – the instrumental and downtempo qualities of his work are highlighted, while tied within the unifying theme of water.
After touring extensively with his electronic afro-jazz quartet Kalaha, and writing scores for modern dance and theater, the Danish composer felt an urge to bring the pace down. Taking up swimming, and living in the rain-soaked city of Copenhagen, he found himself exploring the sonic behaviors of one of our planets most vital elements.
The resulting work became “Drops”: 6 new tracks rooted in the same open minded playfulness that characterized his debut, integrating African instruments like the kora and kalimba, HD sound design, and the emotional landscapes of his scores.
“Drops” starts out on an undeniably Rumpistol, melancholic vibe, with “Circular Drops” gently easing us into his lush and detailed universe.
On the propulsive and upbeat “Forest Drops” we hear Dawda Jobarteh’s poetic kora merge with Bwoy de Bhajan’s exotic forest sounds, with hints of Ethiopian jazz buried within.
“Pentatonic Drops” sounds like a childhood summer’s day on a sparkling river, while the retro “Slow Drops” present an icier, darker, more crystalline vibe, and could have been on the soundtrack to “Stranger Things”.
The epic and hypnotic “Kosmik Drops” conjures vast and plunging ocean waves in slow motion, with a synth solo reminiscent of “Wish You Were Here” era Pink Floyd.
The dazed and dubby closer, “Swing Drops”, combines fresh würlitzer, kora and kalimbas with an oversaturated power bass to leave you with a smile on your face, ready to take another dip.
released August 30, 2017
All tracks composed, mixed & produced by Rumpistol
Mastering: Antony Ryan
All instruments by Rumpistol
Kora on 02 & 06: Dawda Jobarteh
Sound Design + FX: Bwoy De Bhajan
Solo Synths on 03 & 05: Anders Filipsen
Wurlitzer on 03: Anders Filipsen
Vocals on 03: Jullie Hjetland
Vocoder Voice on 04: Fie Dam Mygind
Roland Juno-60, Yamaha FS1R, Roland Alpha Juno-2, Yamaha CS10, Würlitzer, Eurorack Modular Synth, Asys VCOs, Mutable Instruments Rings, Turing Machine, Kalimbas, Roland TR-707, Elektron Machinedrum, Korg R3, Rhythm Ace, Arturia Beatstep Pro, Moog Voyager, Moogerfooger, Eventide FX, Roland Space Echo, Jomox T-Resonator, Boss DE-200, Vesta Kaza RV-3 Spring Reverb, Revox A77, Yamaha MT8X, Strymon Timeline, Zvex Fuzz Factory, Moogerfooger Pedals and more.
“Bees with metallic wings pollinate flowers with neon coloured surfaces and space ants slaves in the electric heat. There is both sunshine and drizzle in Rumpistol’s intergalactic rainforest.” – Bands of Tomorrow (DK)
“It’s a new age of New Age music and this time it’s got beats and attitude” – The Slow Music Movement (UK)
“What an absolutely gorgeous EP from Rumpistol!” – Swingset Sounds (US)
“Drops from near, distant and digital worlds. A solid ep for those who need some fringe music with swing.” – GAFFA (DK)
“Rumpistol captures the sonic beauty of earth’s most vital element in ‘Drops’ EP.” – EARMILK (US)
“Fine work. Thank you for sharing and all the best with it.” – A La Fu (UK)
“Nice Work” – Part Time Heroes / Ross Wakefield (UK)
“Rumpistol. Always worth checking out” – James Barrie (UK)
“Lovely Drops” – Peter Albrechtsen / Sound Designer & Music Supervisor (DK)
“Rumpistol’s “Drops” take us to the amazing debut that this office love. Let him push you to a new great sound design.” – Rebited.com
“Waterbased electro-poptimism” – Ralf Christensen / Information (DK)