Following its first three EPs, the Rex club's label offshoot puts its focus one of its resident DJs. Electric Rescue aka Antoine Husson has an extensive catalogue to his credit, including two artist albums. The title track is sure to draw comparisons with Inigo Kennedy as a buzzing, noisy bass underpins tranced out synth melodies. It's a powerful, rousing affair. "Padvo" sees him opt for a different tact; while the rhythm is driving, the central organ riff combined with metallic percussion make it reminiscent of the harder end of the Bodycode sound. On the other hand, "Subway" is a merciless, metallic banger. Add in a tracky, percussive take on "Padvo" by Marcelus, who got his musical education in the Rex, and you've got a fitting tribute to this French institution.
After over 26 years at the forefront of Parisian nightlife, Rex Club expanded their remit in 2015 with the launch of an eponymous record label; typically, it was inaugurated with a dash of Gallic flair by a 12" sporting the collective talents of D'Julz, Phil Weeks and Trus'Me (the latter on remix duties). Fast forward to 2016 and Rex Club present their second 12", turning to one of the most respected names in deep house, Mr Fred P. Last year was perhaps the most productive so far for Fred P, and this creative drive continues apace on this Expressing Dark Matter EP. Holding it down on the A-side is "Wave Patterns" where a restrained groove plays second fiddle to some delightful pads and oh so deep chord work. The B-side pairs up the loose percussive "Continuous Sensations" with standout cut "Unbroken Circle". Vintage Peterkin through and through.
Paris' infamous Rex Club release the next volume on their in house series, with Poker Flat boss Steve Bug at the helm on the fittingly titled Rexology EP. Starting off with the deep and hypnotic tech house of "What's Happening", which has one seriously humming bassline that's just perfect for dancefloor dynamics. On the flip, Rotterdam's finest Benny Rodrigues steps up to deliver a typically functional techno remix, with some stomping cyclicality that will surely appeal to DJs. Final offering "Berlinian Rexing" is a very Berlin style dark journey track, with the mandatory wonky bassline and dark atmosphere that will appeal to a wider cross section of DJs.
Paris' infamous Rex Club launches its label with a split EP by two of its oldest members, Phil Weeks and D'Julz, who have been churning out house music on the club's dancefloor for decades. "Ligne B" sees them in a bumping mood, where a fluttering bassline knocks to and fro among dusty percussion swings and choppy, mutated vocals. Trus'me takes care of the remix duties and quickly transforms the tune into a spacier, more cinematic offspring while still retaining that same circling bassline. "Miles Away" is a silent killer, a stealthy DJ tool weapon with a menacing percussion ready and mean for the Rex floor.
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