The Freerange Colour Compilation series reaches it’s final conclusion this year, and having reached the ripe old age of ten it’s time to go Black. The label compilation which has also spawned many of Freerange’s bigger singles continues as it first began, presenting the highlights of the years releases alongside four well-chosen exclusive tracks from established producers and newcomers alike which is what we have here on this sampler release. And yeah, we know black isn’t actually a colour but we’ve run out of coloured card options from the pantone book so it seems a seems a suitable point to draw the series to a close as we go out with a bang on Black 10.
Kicking things off we have a killer production from one the most exciting new Japanese house producers we’ve come across. Sai wowed Jimpster with his 2011 STHLM and recent Ornate releases so when his demo arrived we were all over it. A La Carte is one of those stand out tracks which oozes class and personifies emotional machine-funk with it’s simple Detroit chords, nagging bass and raw drums. When the new bass line drops in the break things go up a gear and at the risk of sounding like a right hippy, you really can feel the whole dancefloor come together and share a proper moment. Definitely a special track when dropped at the right time.
Next up next we have yet more fresh young talent, this time from Hamburg and going by the name of Suburb. With just one previous release on Hafendisko the young duo have penned their own sound with clear old school house references but crunched up and sample-heavy for the modern dancefloor. Aspiration keeps the groove shuffling whilst lush rhodes pads loop and a distant tripped out vocal keep the vibe raw and underground.
Two well known and respected producers join forces next with a new project going by the name of Bellavoid. Moments is a high-energy slice of house euphoria laden with spine-tingling chords and reach-for-the-raers strings underpinned with crisp, stripped back beats. We’re thinking Milton Jackson meets Orbital at Raindance in 1991.
Closing the EP we have someone who will be a new name to many but hopefully not for long - Mark Hand. On Don’t Take It All Away we are treated to an extended soulful beatdown jam featuring the vocals of Vicky Jackson. A perfect last track, this should leave every last one of you blissed-out and heartened by its smokey, sensual groove.
Published: 6th March 2013