As Thug Entrancer, Colorado-based composer Ryan McRyhew mines Chicagoan tropes of juke, footwork, and ghetto and acid house to create resolutely contemporary, cross-genre dance music.
A creative lynchpin in Denver's DIY electronic music scene, McRyhew started off making IDM-inspired music, although a relocation to Chicago's South Side between 2011 and 2014 gave rise to his Thug Entrancer identity. The move also provided McRyhew direct access to Chicago's dance music history and the groundbreaking works being crafted in bedrooms and blasted on speakers throughout his neighbourhood.
McRyhew draws influence from pioneering electronic and experimental composers who placed an emphasis on extended development and technique, alongside early analogue dance producers who went all-out and all-in with little more than a TR-808. Death After Life, his debut album for Daniel Lopatin's Software Recording Co. is a collection of dance experimentation and hybridized electronic music with narrow stylistic precedents. It's also a gripping, somber tide formed from the gravitational pull of an artist's amble through unknown turfs. A summation of varied approaches to electronic music, Thug Entrancer's multiverse is not dissimilar to other Software artists such as Slava and Huerco S.
In January and February 2016, McRyhew presents his new A/V show and album for the first time at CTM Festival and across Europe. The A/V show was designed by visual artist MMC III a.k.a. Milton Melvin Croissant III, who will accompany him on tour. The first single for the new album, to be released on Software, is due out later in the year.