– Sweet Musique | Digging the best Electronic Music since 2014 –
♫ About ♫
Release Date : 2019-01-25
The first release of 2019 on Davide Squillace’s label This And That is a tech house release from Belgium duo Raw District, who have previously released on Moon Harbour, Crosstown Rebels, Selador, and Souvenir Music.
Raw District is made up of Vernon Bara and Massimo DaCosta who had previously collaborated under the alias of Vernon&DaCosta, and using that name contributed to labels such as Robsoul, OFF Recordings, and OM Records.
Vernon Bara has also compiled solo releases under the alias of Ultrasone for labels including Leftroom, Get Physical, Hot Creations, Saved Records, and Visionquest.
Amongst the four original tracks on this release is a single collaboration with fellow Belgian artist Rodham, who has also featured solo tracks on labels including Mirabel, Dul Recordings, and Homecoming Music.
Adding vocals to the title track “Long Dream” is Forrest whose lyrical talents are in constant high demand having previously featured on tracks produced by the likes of NiCe7, Sabb, Walker & Royce, Leonardo Gonnelli, and Cristoph.
“Long Dream” opens the EP by setting the scene using uplifting synths and Forrest’s haunting vocals that combine to create a moody atmosphere. Its techy groove and tight percussion make this dance floor focused cut perfect for peak time plays.
“In Maluta” is made in collaboration with Rodham, and its dark and stripped back sound creates the feeling of wide open space. Washed in effects, the twisted vocal samples fade into the shadows whilst the tribal style percussion fills the main break with suspense.
Moving focus to a chugging bassline overplayed with some hard hitting percussion, “In Between” changes the energy of the EP whilst also maintaining an atmospheric vibe. Somewhere between tech house and deep techno, its compelling vocal adds captivating suspense to the surrounding dark textures.
Finishing the release is the trippy “Spanning” that centres around luscious pads that contrast with the brooding intensity helped along by pulsating drums rhythms and rumbling bass frequencies. Understated with a focus on crisp sound design, this exquisite cut is tech house at its most chic.