Adam Collins & Grant Dell step up for the sixth release of Real Deal Records.
The label ran by Jake Hodgkinson and Marlon Clark has become pivotal in the revival of golden era tech-house. Unearthing lost gems from the 90s like the recent posthumous release of A²‘s Andy Panayi, the project has become an in-demand feature across the vinyl market, with each release sold out and hiking in price on Discogs.
Adam Collins returns to the label in REAL006, alongside Loaded Records and Strictly Rhythm producer Grant Dell. Both artists have been pioneering this dusty, no-frills dance music for two decades. Walking the line between house and techno, steamy drum machine beats work with sleazy basslines casting dance floor gold.
Three previously unreleased tracks recorded in the early 2000s years from the EP. Compiled from old DAT tapes linking back to Swag Studios, the EP is in memory of Liz who was an integral part of the Swag family.
‘Station Road’ is a testament to this spirited era of dance music. Pinned by a thirsty bassline supporting sultry melodic elements, you can picture the infectious heads-down vibe of the likes of Wiggle and Fabric parties back at the turn of the century.
Neatly swung hi-hats compliment the groove, bringing a moreish bounce to the track, lightly caressed by slick vocal blips and a hopeful bed of textures. The versatility of this in-between genres club music finds its way into the bag of many DJs in opposing worlds.
Whether it’s being dropped by Nicolas Lutz deep into an extended set, or sending a huge festival stage into a frenzy, the identity of Real Deal Records and this charming take on tech-house will always get the floor moving.
Energy maintains a hungry tip on the flip, with an ‘Ode To Liz’ flirting a cheeky wobbler. Clean bongo patterns steal the show, slotting between a subtle bassline filled with positivity and gratitude.
‘Bumps In The Snow’ concludes the EP with both producers at the top of their game. Evidencing the devastating effects of simplicity, another sleaze-packed bassline squirms its way through rolling hi-hats and trippy vocal atmospheres.
As with every release thus far, REAL006 is destined to bring the heat to many dance floors across Europe and overseas, with regular support from many of the scene’s deep diggers.
Buy the record at the label’s Bandcamp.