I like a label that knows what it wants and especially a label that wants what I want. Danse Club Records started off with its first release only three years ago, and their tagline is “It’s All House and Techno.” This limited series is intended to bring the label’s heavyhitters to the forefront and as for how long the series is supposed to last… that’s not specified. There’s certainly plenty of dub chord stabs to go around, but it wouldn’t feel right to call most of this dub techno (the Polder Dub gets a free pass, of course). This has more in common with a “four to the floor” house track, but these lack the… saccharine/sultry nature of house.  It’s not quite deep house, either, as these have plenty of variety embedded while deep house (from what I’ve experienced, at least) is quite repetitive and quieted. Deep house seems to pride itself on being able to blend in to the surroundings and become “one” with the listener – a melding of the minds. Anyway, I guess genre’s not the most important thing at the end of day. Listen to the stream of Danse Club Limited 1 below via the SoundCloud player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

London brothers Austen & Scott, better known as fearsome production duo Brodanse, launch this new special ops branch of their Danse Club label with a quartet of heavyweight club bombs from John Jastszebski, Lauhaus and Polder. Young Parisian producer Jastszebski kicks the package off with the immersive and driving house sounds of "Berceuse". This wall shaking main-roomer pairs techy stabs and solid kick with rattling percussion and cinematic pads, delivering a body moving sound primed for Berghain and Concrete. Longtime label associate Lauhaus takes the controls for our next two trips into the smoke and strobes, taking all the best elements of minimal techno (ketty fx, twitchy funk, general heads down brilliance) and fusing them with the rather more dynamic sound of tech house. "Spoof" sounds like a hallucinatory excursion into a run down robotics factory while B-side opener "Dust Devil" is the deepest, funkiest downfloor roller you'll have the pleasure of dropping all year - seriously, this one is screaming out for a Funktion One. For the EP closing "Ambulate", Lauhaus is joined by compatriot David Labeij as the duo don their Polder moniker for a groove-heavy house excursion into the post peak which comes correct with frazzled sonics, subaquatic fx, rubbery bass and insistent percussion. Molto bene!

Price $9.02

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