Premiere: A2 – Dark Nites – Monkey [REAL012]

Real Deal Records are back with their twelve vinyl release, unearthing more forgotten gems from the golden era of tech-house.

The project headed up by Jake Hodgkinson and Marlon Clark has grown into an incredibly sought-after source of dance floor weaponry. Each release so far has sold out almost immediately before hiking in price on Discogs.

The duo behind the label are dedicated to unearthing the finest gems from the early 2000s. Each release has been sourced from digging through old DAT tapes and discarded recordings from the UK’s beloved genre, shining light on talented and unsung producers such as Rob Pearson and Grant Dell.

Real012 sees the project’s first split EP, welcoming the enigmatic Dark Nites alias with two slick cuts recorded in the mid noughties, plus two jams from C-Soul aka Magnus Asberg who was producing music with Rob Pearson back in the day.

Our premiere zooms into the A2’s ‘Monkey’, flexing clever vocal work and seductive melodies luring you into the world of the producer. You can imagine bringing in the morning hours of Hoppetosse with this ominous number.

It’s the perfect bridge between uplifting and moody atmospheres, allowing for luscious pads to wash over the mix whilst the simple drum machine rhythms tick over with an infectious bounce. The stripped back analoge approach allows for each element to occupy its own space and evolve in a gracious manner. The label advised that the hardware used at the time included the classic Akai S3000, Nord Lead Synth, Novation Bass Station and an MPC 2000.

‘Frazzle Drip’ builds on a sleazy bassline bouncing between playful percussion that defines this infectious strain of house music. Unique, cheeky and gasping for a dance floor. There’s no surprise that this stripped back realm of club music is something diggers can’t get enough of, capturing the care-free energy of the era and the dusty dance floors they were rocking.

C-Soul aka Magnus Asberg takes the B-side with two tech-house weapons. ‘So Far’ builds around a spiralling bassline and simple, slappy beats packed with warmth. ‘Wrong Break Inn’ meanders down a more breakbeat avenue, contrasting a fierce energy against delicate pads and clever sample work.

Yet again, the Real Deal project delivers a curation of irresistible tech-house that is sure to be setting the tone on many dance floors across Europe and beyond.

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