v/a: Roots, Space, Vision Vol. 1 (Rec Room, 2020)

February 18, 2021 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

v/a: Roots, Space, Vision Vol. 1

I don’t have too much to say about this compilation other than that it’s free and there’s a ton of great artists on it, so it’s a must download. Berlin label, events series, and Noods Radio presenter Rec Room formed in 2013 and this is their first release, and it’s just a fantastic collection of forward-thinking club music. Ray Kandinski and Jana Rush appear early on with some gorgeous hybrid footwork, and in between them is an introspective but commanding IDM/techno track from excellent newcomer Xyla. CalvoMusic lets you know that Baltimore club music is still going strong in the 2020s, even as its Jersey and Philly cousins have gotten a bit more attention during the last decade or so. Cape Town’s Cajoux stuns with the Afrobass burner “TPC”, and BADSISTA’s track is as grand as always. DJ Lycox goes hardest of all with the stomping, chant-infused “UNIQUE”, and UR’s Mark Flash closes it out with the sublime “ONE WAY TICKET TO MARS”, yet again reminding me how much I miss clubbing in Detroit.

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