R-Zone 05 - Jungle Raver / Down-E Rave / nRg Zone (Happy/Moody Mix)
Here comes R-Zone 5, the next release in the series, this time coming from a pair of established producers who work both solo and as a duo (and one of them runs a prominent German label), but ones whose names shall not be shared in public.
The first track is ‘Jungle Fever’ a slowed down, dub-culture tinged track of sampled loon bird calls, tooting melodies and raw metallic drums that churn deep down below. It’s the sort of track that needs to be played in summer, ideally with a reefer on the go.
‘Down-E rave’ again calls on druggy references for its inspiration – this time E’d-up dancefloors in the mid-nineties. It’s a lazy beat with curious vocal stabs, prominent drum breaks and plenty of deft synth work that takes you up, up and away in style.
The flip-side sees two versions of the same track. ‘nRg Zone (Happy Mix)’ is a rinsed out and tripped out track of streaming melodies, more old school and roughhewn drums and plenty of bright, pixelated melodies stabs as well as softer background pads. The Moody Mix of the same track operates much more down in the darkened doldrums. It seems to have heavy heart and sultry mood as the percussion churns on beneath golden streaming pads and like everything on the R-Zone series, is stuffed with plenty of very real atmosphere.