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......."
Monty Luke (BLACK CATALOGUE, DETROIT)
"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"
"not my style"
Mike Grant (Big 50 Entertainment, Oak Park)
"not for me"
Osunlade (Yoruba Records, Imerovigli, Santorini)
"Not for me this time"
"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)