D’Marc Cantu – 1210a EP [OE005]

The explosive initiation of One Electronica’s “1210” series comes from Ann Harbours D’Marc Cantu. The series will consist of one twelve inch and one ten inch vinyl. The extensive palate of sounds available on this pack range from slower ambience influenced grooves, outright “jak”, industrial grit pursuing to intense, pace-ridden, electronic mayhem; as heard in “Microdots”.

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D’Marc Cantu – 1210a EP [OE005]

VA – Maud Sarr EP [RB001]

Here comes the first release of the brand new label named Roze Balletten. The label’s first offering is a various artist EP with tracks from Creme’s Innershades, Belgium’s Raw Sketches and Hotflush producer Locked Groove. Innershades opens the label’s account with ‘Volksverheffing’, which is a classically inclined bit of house music with a prominent bassline that dances about with real elasticity. The kick drums are as weighty as Kerri Chandler’s and the singing synths bring some Detroit futurism to the table in classy fashion. Raw Sketches, who also works as Ekleltiker and Tunguska, goes for a much slower, deeper, more purposeful vibe on his track ‘Spilzucht’. It’s one that wanders mysteriously on lumpy drums as sinewy synths perform acrobatics in its midst and will tie you in knots by the time its finished unfolding and evolving. Last but not least, Locked Groove comes hard with his firm techno workout. Machines go wild at the heart of it all and the ticking percussion is angry and insistent: it’s somewhat freaked out and acid in the latter half, working both itself and listeners into a noir frenzy.

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VA – Maud Sarr EP [RB001]

VA – London Housing Trust 005 [LHT005]

A nice mixed bag as ever, featuring label partner Prima’s first solo effort – grooves effortlessly and into darkest Africa , other half of LHT Alphonse brings the drama with – Acid Melody – youngest member Jamie Blanco makes a welcome return – with his trippy little Black Jack and finally newest recruit Asok crunches out this classic sounding piece of 4 to the floor goodness.

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VA – London Housing Trust 005 [LHT005]

Red Rack’em – Zoned [CFR008]

Deep funk driven house tracks by Red Rack’em. Comes with a delicious jazzy remix by Dj Nature. Kicking off the EP is the title track ‘Zoned’ which as the name implies is an ode to being ‘too far gone’. With a pitched down vocal, disorientating chords, heavy kick-drum and yearning male larynx hollering ‘music is the place to be, want it right to hold me free’, the track definitely takes you to a deeper place. Just before it gets any darker a dose of sax licks come in to inject some groove and light to proceedings. Sounding like a long lost 8-mile beatdown track that wouldn’t be amiss on an old KDJ B-side or LP a la Silentintroduction or Forevernevermore, this is definitely one for the real heads with the lights down low…

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Red Rack’em – Zoned [CFR008]