Here comes R-Zone 5, the next release in the series, this time coming from a pair of established producers who work both solo and as a duo (and one of them runs a prominent German label), but ones whose names shall not be shared in public.
The first track is ‘Jungle Fever’ a slowed down, dub-culture tinged track of sampled loon bird calls, tooting melodies and raw metallic drums that churn deep down below. It’s the sort of track that needs to be played in summer, ideally with a reefer on the go.
‘Down-E rave’ again calls on druggy references for its inspiration – this time E’d-up dancefloors in the mid-nineties. It’s a lazy beat with curious vocal stabs, prominent drum breaks and plenty of deft synth work that takes you up, up and away in style.
The flip-side sees two versions of the same track. ‘nRg Zone (Happy Mix)’ is a rinsed out and tripped out track of streaming melodies, more old school and roughhewn drums and plenty of bright, pixelated melodies stabs as well as softer background pads. The Moody Mix of the same track operates much more down in the darkened doldrums. It seems to have heavy heart and sultry mood as the percussion churns on beneath golden streaming pads and like everything on the R-Zone series, is stuffed with plenty of very real atmosphere.
"Not for me this one"
Dj Simbad (Various / Browsnwood Rec.)
"nice flashback feeling......"
Oliver Kapp (Raygun / Indulge, Hamburg)
"quality rave flashback gear and definitely more 'break the limits' + '2 kilo's' than 'prodigy', which is alway a good thing ;-) big thx!"
Ben Sims (Theory, London)
"R-Zone you make me happ-E :)"
"ravetastiche :) really very enjoyable, loving the breaks, old skool flavour and nostalgiac subass brought right up to date over modern tech textures. excellent."
Alex Downey (Split / [covert] / Fear Of Music, London)
"cool oldschool feel! jungle raver, and nrg moody version for me"
Brent Roozendaal (DriftOmTeDansen, Amsterdam)
"Down-E Rave is a real upper! Cooool"
Sandrien (Imprint Trouw, Amsterdam)
"I,m in the Zone. so also into this one..!"
Dimi Angélis (A&S, Traut Muzik, Balans)
"thank you for good music!"
Dj T (GET PHYSICAL MUSIC GMBH, Berlin)
"NRG Zone happy mix is the one."
Dimitri Kneppers (Dj Dimitri, Amsterdam)
"very strong.. will play jungle raver for sure moody mix rocks too."
"all tracks are quality! will play nRg "
"nRg Zone mixes are ace and the one to go for me on this one!"
"yes, feeling this. time to set my retro-aversion aside for a minute and rave."
A Made Up Sound / 2562 (When In Doubt, Utrecht)
"nRg Zone (both mixes) are brilliant. Right up my street and will be playing for many years to come. Once again top class work guys."
"The moody mix here"
Ksoul (Ksoul & MuteOscillator , TORINO)
DJ Lady Aida (Rebelbass, Eindhoven)
"moody mix is the one for me "
Domenic Cappello (Sub Club)
"too oldschool for my personal taste."
Electric Indigo (indigo:inc)
Marco Bernardi (Take the Elevator, Bristol)
"Cool stuff again by R-Zone. Down E Rave & moody mix are my favs here!"
Nuno Dos Santos (kollektiv, utrecht)
"Four great tracks: best R-Zone release yet for for me. Radio plays for sure. "
Dave TTB (TOTHEBONE, London)
"My favourite R-Zone so far I reckon. Great record "
Tessela (Poly Kicks)
"Is always nice to hear some funky drumming... The moody mix is fantastic and I will play it for sure. Thx!"
MuteOscillator (Ksoul & MuteOscillator )
"hmm, funny record. maybe i just prefer the originals from around 1991/92 it points at to find this relevant. if i had to choose, most likely "down-e rave" would be my pick."
"Moody/Funky Drummer mix for me thanks"
Mosca (BBC Radio 1)
"Both mixes of nRg Zone are cool"
Tomaz (22tracks, Sint Pieters Leeuw)
"nRg Zone (Moody Mix) is the one for me here, good stuff!"
Norman Nodge (MDR, Berlin)
"YES! Bring on the breakbeat vibes!"
"'nRg Zone' (both mixes) for me on here, again my support to R-Zone. thanks. "
Angel Molina (Sonar Music, Barcelona)
Tim Thaler (BLN FM, Berlin)
Owain Kimber (Dessous Recordings / Littledetroit, Cardiff)
"yep! looking forward to see how all 4 cuts pan out... way back!"
James Priestley (Secret Sundaze / Simple Records)
"R-ave to the grave :) "
"moody mix for me"
Delta Funktionen (Ann Aimee, Berlin)
"Another great R-Zone"
"another great time travel"
Hunee (Hunch Music / Rush Hour, Berlin)
"Always happy to hear from the Global Darkness crew. This is superb material."
Andrew Duke (Andrew Duke In The Mix/Cognition Audioworks, Halifax NS)
Marko Nastic (Radio B92 / Exit Festival, Belgrade)
"oldschool rave vibes! "
AnD (Horizontal Ground, Black Sun Records)
""nRg Zone (Moody mix) is nice. Thanks."
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show, Rijeka)
"not for me"
Osunlade (Yoruba Records, Imerovigli, Santorini)