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Latest on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil label, showcasing the contemporary dancefloor thru the lens of Milan’s Progresso club series and the Janus crew, including four forward vinyl debuts, plus a slow banger from Lisbon’s DJ Nigga Fox!
Rabit’s Halycon Veil renders a crucial 6-track showcase of up-to-the-minute style and pattern associated with the rhizomic Janus crew; compiled by their mutual brethren, Jim C. Nedd and titled Conspiración Progresso after his Milan-based club night, Progresso.
Scoping three debut vinyl appearances and spanning a dizzying breadth of idiosyncratic collage and rhythmic structures, the EP serves to illustrate the boundary morphing DJ aesthetics common to these far-flung comrades, both in their celebrated online mixes and IRL in front of the bass bins.
A-side: Bekelé Berhanu follows a compelling 30 minute JANUS003 mix from 2015 with a tense, fractious collage of East African instrumentation, chants and bass detonations heard from an elevated, drone-eyed perspective in W.I.I.A; Copenhagen’s Syg Nok records ring-leader Hvad induces a juking motion sickness with the warp speed tilt and juddering pulse of Bleeding Grey Wall ; and Príncipe’s DJ Nigga Fox ft. Vipra contributes a squashed pressure system of slow, heaving, squeaky kuduro and Italian Progressive in Lento Violento.
B-side: An Unknown operator squirts an Untitled piece of thrillingly sharp yet rugged quasi-electro dancehall chrome; Monterrey, MX producer Zutzut holds down dense mix of curdled, Autechrian harmonics and militant, latin drum cadence in the pitching slosh and bounce of Jala; the EP’s most minimal confection comes from Draveng with a writhing, muscle-tightening shuffle called Internal Debate that sounds like an insectoid Baby Ford trapped in a ketamine loop.
Collected, Conspiración Progresso represents an imaginative cross-section of the contemporary dancefloor’s lesser-known, but no less than vital aspects: a new generation of club music lovers looking to advance and twist their art...