01. I Feel No Love feat. Ingrid Hakanson
02. Not Lost feat. Giorgia Angiuli
Raw District is the fledgling house project from Belgian duo Vernon Bara and Massimo DaCosta. No newcomers to dance music, under the Vernon&DaCosta, the pair have released music on labels such as OM Records, AMA Rec, Robsoul, Aroma, OFF, Icon, Doubledown and many more. They have remixed artists including Brett Johnson, Fred Everything, Style of Eye, Miguel Migs and JT Donaldson, garnering support from great DJs like Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Jones, Mark Farina and DJ Sneak. Vernon has also made more techno-focussed tracks for Hot Creation and Supplement Facts under another moniker, Ultrasone alongside Igor Vicente. Early in 2013, they decided to start the new side project as ‘Raw District’ in order to focus on the deeper and darker side of house music. In their own words, “Raw District tracks feature fewer samples and more organic influences…the trademark soul, funk and disco influences are still evident, mixed up with the fresh European sounds coming straight out of Berlin.” Their brand new release, ‘I Feel No Love EP’ marks the follow up to ‘Ragged Star’ which came out on Damian Lazarus’ well-loved Crosstown Rebels imprint. The three tracks draw influence from a wide range of sources, bringing together the colourful corners of deep house, oldschool tech and vocal house in the pursuit of something new and fresh. Featuring on the EP are some of the duos favourite vocalists; from Canada Ingrid Hakanson – who has already worked with pair on their first single “Bad Angel” (Defected Records) back in August 2013 – and Giorgia Angiuli from Florence who appeared on their Crosstown Rebel single. Beside their own releases, Vernon and Massimo set up and run their own imprint, Homecoming Music, in 2010, which has been home to releases from Brett Johnson, DJ W!LD, Chris Carrier, Djebali, Gulivert, Phil Weeks, Tripmastaz and Inland Knights amongst others.