Artist : Various
Title : Fer De Lance
Label : Electronical Reeds
Release 2nd December 2015
Genre : House /Tech House / Progressive
Celebrating five years as a label, Electronical Reeds has assembled a host of its artists and friends for an substantial medley of cuts including music from Felix Cage, The Checkup, Shades of Gray, Madmotormiquel and Deeligent Soul to name a few. Due for release on December 2nd, it show cases exactly why the A list elite have fallen in love with this plunky Belgian label.
Born in 2010, Electronical Reeds saw immediate support from the likes of Sasha, Stephan Bodzin, Laurent Garnier and John Digweed. The Belgian label specializes in picking up both local and international talents, with Felix Cage, O.D.Math and Deeligent Soul emerging as their core artists, and also runs an on-going residency at The Wood club in Brussels. 2013 saw the imprint championed at RedBull’s Elektropedia Awards as one of the top 3 Belgian labels and it’s been going from strength to strength ever since.
From the old school swagger of tracks like opener ‘Roll the Dice’ by stalwarts of the house scene Shades of Grey, this album shines a considerable light on the underground house scene away from those perceived ‘popular’ sounds. This is music soundtracking all the best venues around the world, made by unfamiliar, wildly talented artists on a label whose sole passion is quality over quantity. Electronical Reeds do record labels the right way, following in the footsteps of another great Belgian label like R&S or Laurent Garniers’ F Comm.
Felix Cage’s track ‘Introspection’ changes pace and lives up to the name magnificently with a thoughtful deep prog workout. Equally ‘For Centuries’ by Madmotormiquel grooves along very unassumingly, all the while I’m tapping my foot feverishly. ‘The Bond’ stands out along with ‘It’s True’ in so much as they feature a male spoken vocal; a personal favourite of mine. Not to take away from the very Booka Shade-eqse plucking lead synth, its a great track, which will certainly find favour with a cross section of DJs.
As we head into the last half of the album, the tunes intensify. ‘Your Poison’ by Deneha (feat. Thomas Gandey) is muscular and menacing, ‘Escape’ by Diligent Soul defies classification by tightrope walking genres as disparate as Goa Trance, Acid house and Hardcore Rave. Closing out the album is ‘Confidence’ from Max Duke. Waves of percussive melody and barely audible mutterings intertwine with a deep bass, piano stabs and snappy claps. Solid from start to finish. A worthwhile find for those serious about their crate digging.
Shades Of Gray – Roll The Dice
The Checkup – It’s True
O.D.Math – Letting Go
Felix Cage – Introspection
Madmotormiquel – For Centuries
Felix Cage & Mezza Luna – The Bond [feat. Lazarusman]
Inter4kt – Steel
Deneha – Your Poison [feat. Thomas Gandey]
Deeligent Soul – Escape
Max Duke – Confidence