01. Within Our Gates
02. Locked Room
03. Within Our Gates – David K Remix
Raw District is ever-blossoming 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. 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, ‘Within Our Gates’’ marks the follow up to ‘Her Mind feat. Aquarius Heaven)’ which came out on Damian Lazarus’ well-loved Crosstown Rebels imprint earlier this year.
The two main tracks on the EP draw influence from across the board, bringing together the colourful corners of deep house, old-school tech and vocal house in the pursuit of something new and fresh.
Title track, ‘Within Our Gates’ is a rolling sci-fi tinged journey perforated with a foreboding, dehumanized vocal pessimistically reminding us that “everything must fail.” While ‘Locked Room’ is a spacious, playful montage of bleeps and dubbed-out echoes which unravel as if intercepted from a far off spacecraft.
David K provides the remix in the pack – a man that needs little by way of introduction. Growing up in Paris, he started DJing in the late 80s on a makeshift set of gear, complete with a radio and tape deck, but once he hit his first rave in ‘91 he went straight for the Technics 1200s. He made his recording debut in 2002 on Sismic Music and soon fell in with some key figures in the Paris’ underground club scene, such as Dan Ghenacia, who brought him into the Freak n’ Chic stable, and Phil Weeks, who put out one of his earliest 12-inches, Yo Chicago, on Robsoul Recordings.