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Balcazar – Between the Airports EP

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3516-180343_150.jpgLabel: Desertor GangScore: 8/10 

Desertor Gang is a new label that’s coming at us from Mexico. An imprint that (like many before it), started off as a party, it makes an auspicious start to life here courtesy of Mexican producer Balcazar, who you may have encountered previously as one half of the duo, Balcazar & Sordo.

That said, even on his own, Balcazar is quite clearly a man who knows how to bring the heat, and his production nous is very much laid out here in esteemed fashion for all to see on the wondrous Between The Airports EP, an outing that not only plays to the producer’s many tech-house strengths, but also gives us an insight into the lifestyle of a traveling DJ.

Leading us in is ‘Air Side’, a solid, frenzied track that’s underpinned by a series of fortified acid squelches and a pervading sense of danger ahead that’s heard to shake off. Muffled beats play a pertinent part too, as do the many ghoulish facets that rear their head up at various unlikely intersections. ”Land Side” is another up-tempo offering that showcases the wealth of sounds the producer has in his locker. A crunching battle of out-there sounds, it all comes together in a wonderful haze that shimmies and enthralls with great verve. This EP, while featuring only two tracks, does enough during those moments to force a lasting impression. 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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