Renato Ratier Dives Into an Ambient Glow on Sophomore LP 'Youniverse'
What kind of music does a house producer concoct among the lush forests and wondrous beauty of Brazil? In the case of Renato Ratier's latest album Youniverse, it is a sound both tribal and futuristic, organic and otherworldly, ethereal and cerebral.
“Youniverse is a result of long work and true dedication,” Ratier says in an emailed statement. “It goes beyond the dance floor, combining organic elements, sci-fi, ambient, techno and house elements and I am very proud of the result.”
Ratier has been a driving force of Sao Paulo's sensory-loaded nightclub D-Edge for more than a decade. He stepped out as a solo musical force with 2013's Black Belt. For his sophomore effort, his goal was to capture a fresh spirit, something magically different. Tracks like “Rain” and “Stars” tap into the lyrical soul of Earth's age-old spells, while “Shadows” and “Comments from Space” eek into the electronic realm scientific delights.
“I was truly inspired,” he says. “Youniverse breathes possibilities, changes and fresh starts, fearlessness, dark and light at the same time.”
Ratier says that inspiration bled into other aspects of his professional life, fueling a myriad of projects waiting on the horizon. Perhaps part of that caught on to the D-Edge expansion into Rio. For now, fans can get lost in Youniverse's strange magic. The album is released Oct. 11, but you can hear it in full exclusively on Billboard Dance.