Belgian duo Raw District has been patiently preparing to break their project to the scene with a refined take on deep sounds and now they’re ready. Though the project is still gaining momentum, Vernon Bara and Massimo DaCosta are well versed with a strong catalog of independent dance releases. Less than three years ago, the two kicked off Raw District with a goal of ‘fewer samples and more organic influences…the trademark soul, funk and disco influences are still evident, mixed up with the fresh European sounds coming straight out of Berlin’.
After cutting their teeth with a slew of releases on Damian Lazarus’ influential Crosstown Rebels imprint the guys just landed on Innervisions as part of their ‘Secret Weapons VA’. The duo has solidified their spot at the top of techno trends with records that speak for themselves.
Their latest release marks a debut on Innvision’s 6-record VA ‘Secret Weapons 9’. The subtle brooding house tune digs deep into the catacombs of techno for an impactful pulse worthy of Dixon’s game-changing imprint. Somewhere between the ominous vocals and tribal drum lines, this one provides a chilly cadence for the dark dance floor.
This spunky Norwegian house record is a fun one which we’re stoked to see in Raw District’s crate. As a slight variation from the dingier sounds of Berlin deep, Prins Thomas adds and an acidic edge of cosmic dance. Packed with distortion galore, the percussive track brings a lighter mood across diverse dance landscapes.
Bring the super funk on the bass for this bouncy record from the Brussels-based Eating Records. The Ukrainian producer dropped this heater back in 2015 and it’s as fresh as ever. Sporting a style that never gets old, Eating Records is worth checking out for a unique crate weapon.
Every self-respecting techno head has a few records that come straight from the source. Perfectly described by Hardwax as ‘deep atmospheric & upliftin’ Detroit techno tracks’, this once is a classic. After kicking off with the first wave of late-80s sounds, Underground Resistance continues to be a relevant trendsetter in no-frills techno.
Always pay homage to the legends by keeping a few in your crate. Ricardo sure knows how to spin so keeping one of his own is a solid pick. As part of the short-lived minimal label run by Villalobos, this subtle two-pack of reworks are a prime example of his South American dance floor finesse.