Raffertie releases his first EP for Ninja Tune and it instantly establishes this young producer as a name to watch in electronic music. Not for Raffertie the arid choices of “post-dubstep” (how to sell out and when?). A young music producer of exceptional confidence and rigour, Raffertie instead makes electronic music to explore the boundaries of the possible. The “Visual Acuity” EP displays newfound maturity whilst keeping the nuances and character that mark him out as a true individual.
Both intensely cerebral and stupidly banging, “Visual Acuity” may fake being an aural equivalent of ADHD, but there is purpose to every twist and turn in this huge tune, the way that Raffertie pulls the music in and out of focus givng rise to its title. “You Could Be Forgiven For Thinking That” is more visceral than the opener, shot through with unexpected emotion. “Twitch” needs to played on very large speakers to be fully appreciated, Raffertie claiming that it is a piece “to be felt as much as heard.” Despite its name, “Mimetic” copies nothing, instead creating a feeling very much like being in the head of a reveller as she waits for The Drop.
Benjamin Stefanski aka Raffertie has never been one to be tied down to any particular genre or scene. He has experimented with numerous styles, displaying the depth and sophistication of his production skill across releases for Planet Mu, Black Acre and Super for which he has received accolades from the likes of Simon Reynolds, Huw Stephens and Mary Anne Hobbes, who first championed Raffertie on her BBC Radio 1 Experimental show in 2008. Recognised both as an innovative producer and stand out DJ, the young talent has a reputation for performances filled with his typical dynamic energy that has seen him play across Europe; from Fabric to Space, Ibiza.
Graduating in 2010 with a degree in Classical Music Composition Raffertie spent the summer refining the next stage in his continuing stylistic progression. He will release his debut artist album on Ninja Tune in early 2012.
01. Visual Acuity 5:35
02. You Could Be Forgiven For Thinking That 4:50
03. Twitch (It Grows & Grows) 14:00
04. Mimetic 4:52
( Paris dj report)