Introducing Red D, the Belgian DJ and producer, one half of FCL (alongside San
Soda), long standing club promoter (since 1992), owner of We Play House and
general all round good guy. With releases on Ferrispark and Delusions Of Grandeur
(with MCDE), remixes on Eskimo, regular sets at the likes of Panorama Bar and an
RA Mix under his belt you could say things are falling into place nicely. On top
of all this his FCL project continues to go from strength to strength with a new
EP dropping soon on Kai ‘KZR’ Alce’s highly regarded NDATL label.
When he sent over two originals for Freerange it was love at first listen as the
simple, warm beats and emotive chord stabs of title track Chez oozed from the
speakers. This sounded to me like house music in it’s purest form, from the days
when the focus was on a feeling rather than complex sounds or technological
trickery. And the proof is in the pudding with this one as you can feel the
dance floor go into some kind of collective bubble of love whenever you play it.
The second original follows drawing you into a false sense of security with
familiar 707 beats and gentle pads before taking a left turn. Appropriately
titled Into Darkness the blissful vibes of the intro begin to fall away as the
track reaches a breakdown and we’re treated to the rudest of Chi-Town basslines
taking us down a somewhat less wholesome path.
Flipping over we’re treated to two Jacob Korn remixes, one of each of the
originals and if the A side is the good cop, we can trust the Uncanny Valley
regular to deliver some pure badness on the flip. His Remix of Chez is clearly
inspired by his studio hardware as you can hear the improvised and ‘live‘
sounding arrangement, the machines taking on a life of their own as things twist
and turn in a spontaneous and unpredictable way. A rattling white noise pulse
drives the rhythm whilst bubbling synths add some lightness to the pummeling
Into Darkness gets the Korn treatment next and here he puts it right through the
sonic mangler, tape saturation distorting the mix to within an inch of it’s life.
Jacob puts the focus on the bassline of the original, keeping things simple at
first before winding in layers of Juno chords and the bleepiest of synth lines
resulting in the finest of raw, bassment house jams.
Published: 14th April 2016