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458 – Raw District


It’s cold, it’s grey and the summer has never felt further away. So if you’ve seen us skipping down the street today with a big grin on our face in spite of the weather you’d be forgiven for wondering what was the cause of our sunny disposition. The answer is simple:  we have an exclusive mix from fast rising Belgian Raw District duo as the latest edition of our esteemed  podcast series, and all things considered, it’s a mix of serious distinction. Having only formed in 2013, the pairing have taken the house world by storm in the shortest time imaginable, scoring releases for the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Souvenir Music and Defected.

Super talented DJ as well as producers, the years Vernon Bara and Massimo DaCosta have spent in the game so far have seen them forge a fierce reputation both behind the decks and in the studio with their CVs both boasting a wealth of slick productions, collaborations and remixes. It’s their abilities in the DJ booth we’re celebrating today though as after hearing them demolish dance floors all across Europe, we thought it was high time we nabbed their considerable talents for ourselves here at Data Transmission. Focusing on the deeper and darker side of house, there’s no better time than now to get yourself acquainted with this most auspicious of duos. Turn this up.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Hmm… It’s hard to say. We’re really into ‘Quasar27.3’ from Lee Van Doswki. Actually his whole new EP coming out on Rebellion is amazing but Quasar27.3 is the outstanding record on the release. Typically dark and progressive, it is the classic sound of Van Doswki. We love the way he combines samples, analog hardware and drum machines.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
It’s a good representation of where we are at right now. We’re trying to bring our own specific flavor to get a fresh and hypnotic mixture between techno and house, including some classics or must-have forgotten tunes.  In this mix that was ‘Get on downz’ by Switch. It was released ten years ago on Freerange but still sounding brilliant and still kills it on the floor.

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
That’s hard to answer. We’ve bee lucky to play a lot great parties and amazing places recently. The last one which comes to mind would probably be two weeks ago when we opened for Seth Troxler at Cadran in Belgium. It’s an amazing venue in the old basements of a train station. There was around 1000 people and the vibe was great.

What have you got coming up? 

We have a bunch of stuff coming out. Firstly we have new EP coming out in a couple of weeks on Souvenir Music which includes a stunning remix by Frenchy David K which you can listen to in the mix. Then we are finalizing the tracklisting of a compilation mix CD called ‘Mysteries of the deep vol.2’ for our own label Homecoming Music.  We’ve also just had our tune ‘Underrated’ signed by Matthias Tanzmann for Moon Harbour. The release is planned for spring of 2016 will feature a remix by an absolutely brilliant artist. We are very excited about this release.

In the next couples of weeks we’re also going to release a remix for our friend Pezzner on Systematic and  near to to finishing new music with the crazy Aquarius Heaven. This will be the follow-up to ‘Her Mind’ which we released early last summer on Crosstown Rebels and some new tunes for our fellas over at French Kitchen. As you can guess we didn’t sleep much during the summer.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Well … I would like to say that Belgian electronic music scene is not just about TomorrowLand or Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.

1)  PRT – A Strange feeling (Mikhail Kobzar’s remix)
2) Terrence Dixon – Change (Arnaud le Texier remix)
3) Mikael Stavostrand – The other One (Simon Garcia’s tunnel vision dub)
4) Switch – Get on downz
5) Raw District feat. Aquarius Heaven – Her Mind (Martin Buttrich’s remix)
6) Waifs & Strays vs PBR Streetgang – See me now
7) Odd Parents – After glow
8) Circle – Control
9) Raw District – Within our gates (David K’s remix)
10) Lee Van Downski – Quasar27.3
11)  Bog – Drawing Board

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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