R​-​Zone 12 - Beginning Of Life / Hardcore Track / 3​-​2​-​1 / Red Rave #1 / Red Rave #2

by R-Zone



The much loved, slightly mysterious but always firing R-Zone series rolls on to its 12th release here. This time the Dutch collective serves up five searing club tracks that are as raw and energetic as ever and look back to a 90s UK heyday for their inspiration.

First up is 'Beginning of Life', with old school loon bird calls, lots of rave intentions and nebulous pads all creating a sweaty atmosphere atop rough hewn drums. 'Hardcore Track' is a frenzied cut with pixelated melodies, chopped up vocals and machine gun like drums that pull in many directions at once. '321' then has classic pitch shifted hardcore vocals, rinsing, dusty old break beats and cantering bass, then 'Red Rave #1' is all whacked out and tinny, with skeleton drums jostling next to vocal stabs and dark and ominous spoken word snippets and 'Red Rave #2' gets all jungle by going deep on some rolling, shuffling drums and rich, rubbery bass. For fans of old school, hardcore and rave this Ep will certainly make you smile and, of course, dance!

"jesus! you're from the 90's, right? bombs!"
Eiwen (BLNFM, Berlin)

Pieter Presk (Presk / Will & Ink, Amsterdam)

"RAVEEEEEEEEE - pure bullets!"
Owain Kimber (Innate, Bristol)

"Always look fwd to these releases......."

"I'm a fan of all of these. Whistle Posseeee in the house!"
Jimmy Posters (Saints & Sonnets / MN2S, London)

Kirk Degiorgio (ART, Ipswich, Suffolk)

"I feel very fine with it, thanks!"
Norman Nodge (MDR, Berlin)

"Why am i not nostalgic of this specific sound?... I'm not sure. Anyway it's well done in it's own style"
Dj Deep (Deeply Rooted House, Paris)

"hmm 1991. dummy time"
Luke Slater (Mote-Evolver UK, All over)

"This brings back the times of 808 State and early Baby Ford. I've been there, it was fun."
Rene Passet (Dj Broadcast / Oor / Kindamuzik, Den Haag)

"not for me sorry"
Franck Roger

"not my style"
Mike Grant (Big 50 Entertainment, Oak Park)

"not for me"
Osunlade (Yoruba Records, Imerovigli, Santorini)

"Not for me this time"
Laurent Garnier

"Ahh the memories nice one"
Stephen Brown (Indigo Aera/Realtime)

"not for me"
Vince Watson (Bedrock / Cocoon / Ovum / Planet E / Poker Flat / Yoruba, Amsterdam)

Steffi (Klakson/Dolly/Ostgut Ton, Berlin)

"Red Rave #1 is lovely, authentic hardcore!"
Rivet (Skudge Present, Kontra-Musik)

"Thanks for the RavE!"
Surgeon (Dynamic Tension, Somewhere, out there...)

"uptempo and uphill."
Thaddeus Herrmann (Das Filter, Berlin)

"Old school vibes here, 321 and Rave#2 are my picks.. Thank you!"
Simone Gatto (OUT-ER)

"thank you for the music!"

"Make some fucking noise please."
Neville Watson

"I dig this retro vibe... Red Rave #2 is nice!"
Truncate/Audio Injection (Truncate, Los Angeles)

"HARDCORE! Well into these ..."
Sven VT (De-bug, Berlin)

"Loons! It's all fun, maybe a little inessential, but really well done regardless."
Philip Sherburne (Pitchfork, Barcelona)

"Wicked rave cuts!"
Darko Esser (Doornroosje, Nijmegen)

"too old school for my personal taste."
Electric Indigo (indigo:inc)

"321 and red rave 2 phat old school warehouse vibes !!"
Solenoid (Graphene / Belief System, Berlin)

"cant wait to hit the streets with those baddies!"
Hunee (Hunch Music / Rush Hour, Los Angeles)

"A lot of fun. This is definitely my favorite R-Zone to date! "321" and "Red Rave #1" are HUGE."

"really into this"
Chrissy (The Nite Owl Diner, Brooklyn)

Pangaea (Hessle Audio, London)

"Hardcore Track, yes!"
Mirella Kroes ([in]cognito, Amsterdam)

"321 is pretty cool!"
Clara Moto (InFiné)

"Proper '91 vibes ! Red Raves & 321 outdoor festival weapons for me :-)"
Dj Simbad (Various / Browsnwood Rec.)

"To be played on specialised electronic music program Full Frequency on RTRFM 92.1 Perth Western Australia. Show is aired weekdays from 3pm til 5pm (GMT+8)"
Craig Hollywood (RTRFM)

"cool stuff, might play 321 ! thx"
GoldFFinch (Turbo, Dirty Bird)

"Great Stuff proper oldschool vibe :) cheers"
Charlton/Tapirus (Mord / Krill Music /Midnight Shift, Rotterdam)

"not what I play, too much oldschool for me, but 'Red Rave #1' sounds good, nice wicked bass. Thanks."
Angel Molina (Sonar Music, Barcelona)

"Got it. Amazing !!"
Rogér (Deathmetaldiscoclub, Amsterdam)

"Ravetastic :)"
Giles Armstrong

"miaaaauw me like :)"
Kuczera (Intergalactic FM, heerlen)

"Great old school ravy e.p"
Fabrice Lig (Planet E, Biesme-Sous-Thuin)

"Echt een plaatje voor Marsel van der Wielen!"
Aroy Dee (MOS Recordings, Amsterdam)

"fuuuuuuck red rave 2 is sick. will also play hardcore track and 321. rave onnnn"
Gingy (Clone, Toronto)

"ravetastic, thx!"
Ben Sims (Theory, London)

"yes yes"
Tommy Four Seven (CLR)

"Nice ! Where's the Vicks?!"
Tomaz (22tracks, Sint Pieters Leeuw)

Jean Pierre Enfant (Les Enfants Terribles/Trouw, Amsterdam)

"blinding stuff!"
Appleblim (Apple Pips, Bristol)

"not for me... maybe in the early nineties :-)"
Ksoul (Ksoul & MuteOscillator, TORINO)

"sorry, not for me."
alex cortex

"the whole ep is wicked"
Dense & Pika (Hypercolour)

"Red Rave #1 is crazy!"
Nuno Dos Santos (Something Happening Somewhere, Utrecht)

"Best R-Zone since 05. Will gab the rekid"
Jamie Russell (Hypercolour Ltd, Bristol)

"Beginning of Life & Hardcore Track are good!"
Chille jr. (Night Moves@Fnoob radio, Koprivnica)

"downloaded for r hawtin"
Richie Hawtin (M-nus, Berlin)

"Not for me this time"
Mosca (Ann Aimee, Not So Much, Prime Numbers, London)

"fantastic as always!"
Marcel Heese (Tresor, Finitude)

Iron Galaxy (Audio Culture)

"R-Zone never fails!!!"
Circular Rhythms (Scenery)

"love this label!"
Dario Zenker (Ilian Tape)

Vincent Pollard (Exclaim, Toronto, Ontario)

"Hardcore track rocks! Great refreshing EP. Rave on!"
Najem Sworb (Clone, Ai)

"Hardcore track is quality but it's all good."
Perc (Perc Trax)

"Nicely done - 321 was my fave on first listen, thanks !"
Necta Selecta (Eat Music)

""Beginning of Life" + "Red Rave 1" - my fav's from these - cool rave vibes - thanx guys"
Slam (Soma Records)

"my favorite R-Zone!"
Innershades (Roze Balletten, Aalst)

"rave on :)"
Jan Kinčl Zero (Radio808, Zagreb)

Randomer (Hemlock, London)

"Hard to pick a favourite. Great release!"
calumclouds (Clouds)

"Great stuff! I love this sound, and always will I imagine. Can't pick a favourite. Thanks!"
Lakker / Eomac (R&S / Killekill)

"Love that 90s hardcore nostalgia when it's done like that! "Red Rave #2" is my favourite track in this great package."
Holger Klein (Groove)

"Reminds me of #5, which I was fully down with."
Simon Whight (Data Transmission / Inverted Audio / Ibiza Voice, Ashton-Under-Lyne)

"Red rave #1 for me. Thanks."
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show, Rijeka)


released January 7, 2015



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