Tiger Stripes Talks New EP & Changing Genres

The Swedish producer’s new release, called “the tune of the Ibiza season,” features Leroy Burgess on vocals.

Mikael Nordgren knows how to make good use of a studio session. Working under the name Tiger Stripes, the Swedish producer/DJ has produced tracks for a variety of underground labels. His latest EP, “Sisters,” comes out next week on Desolat, the venerated techno imprint helmed by DJs Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich and features vocals from disco soul crooner Leroy Burgess. As Tiger Stripes explains, this wasn’t a typical collaboration.

“As a disco collector I had been a big fan of his old records,” Nordgren says of Burgess. “He is actually my all time favorite singer. Ten to fifteen years ago I was working with a few other guys as Slippery People and we brought Leroy Burgess to Stockholm a couple of times for studio sessions and some live shows. The vocal used on ‘Sisters’ were taken from a song from those sessions that we never released.”

Over a decade in the making, the result has been a big one for Tiger Stripes. Loco Dice called “Sisters” the “tune of the Ibiza season.” It’s something Nordgren attributes to the impact of energetic beats and bass combined with what he calls a “Detroit-sounding synth.” Still, the track bucks conventional songwriting structure and speaks to Tiger Stripes’ longheld indifference towards genre rigidity.

“I love tracks with full vocals and I have made many of them,” Nordgren explains. “But on the dance floor it's often more effective with short phrases instead of having a full loud vocal in your ear when you are dancing.”

“I made my choice early in my career that I want to do different styles, whatever gets me excited,” he continues. “It was totally a bad choice but I’m going to stick with it because that's just the way I am. The style of ‘Sisters’ is what I always return to though: A mixture of deep house and Detroit-style techno with both organic and electronic elements.”

The EP also includes a remix by Desolat fave tINI that Nordgren admires for not only sharply changing the original, but making it “really dark.”

The “Sisters” EP is out January 20th on Desolat.