Posted on December 3rd, 2014 (12:00 pm) by Jesse Clark

Ricky Eat Acid, otherwise known as Sam Ray, is currently unsigned, but that doesn’t stop him from being as ambitious as any other producer. When it comes to uniqueness, Ricky Eat Acid is overflowing with unbelievable creativity like no one else. His latest EP, Sun Over Hills, demonstrates this with the utmost confidence.

He gets the ball rolling with “Let’s Go Outside,” a continuous clink of mechanical, chain-like noise, over cut-up piano notes, and a raw vocal sample. It’s nothing spectacular, but the repetition of the samples creates this deja vu effect, making time seem to stand still.

“Angels” is a more challenging tune because the rhythmic patterns are more complex and the samples are much harsher. The song almost seems like an intense satire of instrumental hip-hop, although it is so obviously experimental electronic music. Eventually, it breaks into this hazed groove, and this freaky alien-like beat starts a quirky frenzy of synth and drum.

To be in the club when “Sun Over Hills” hits the speakers would be a sight worth seeing. This is straight up trap music at its most climactic and enthusiastic. It’s not exactly melodic, but it would, without a doubt, be perfect for helping you groove, and get down and dirty.

“This Goes Out To…” is, by far, the most melodic track on the EP. It’s a dreamy hip-hop soundscape with no hiccups. Followed by “What Do You Wanna Do Today?” the music morphs from R&B, to hip-hop, to absolute noise. It’s experimental in the deepest sense of the word.

With such complex collages of music, Ricky Eat Acid could be compared to artists like The Avalanches or DJ Shadow, yet he creates all his own music via the computer. It’s easy to be an electronic artist, but it’s not as easy to be original. There are plenty of songs to be heard in the homogenous pool of EDM, but amongst the generics are those revolutionaries like Bassnectar or Tipper, and now Ricky Eat Acid. Their music breaks away from the confines of what works and what shouldn’t be risked. Without risk-taking there’s no way to move forward and keep pushing the boundaries of music.

It’s all about experimentation, and Ricky Eat Acid uses Sun Over Hills to tinker away like a toy inventor trying to see what new things he can make for our enjoyment. These are the kinds of people you want making your music; the artists who love what they do, but are never satisfied with the same old thing.

Track List:

  1. Let's Go Outside
  2. Angels
  3. Sun Over Hills
  4. This Goes Out To...
  5. What Do You Wanna Do Today
Ricky Eat Acid - Sun Over Hills Review
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