Few names are as synonymous with a sound as The Revenge is to futuristic disco. The Glasgow-based producer has long been a staple in the disco-inspired wing of the deep house scene (whether as a solo producer or as part of 6th Borough Project), known for polished tracks that nod to the originators while seamlessly employing modern day hardware. His label, Roar Groove, has been the home for many of his solo releases and collaborations since 2013. Today, we preview the label’s second collaborative drop with Dirt Crew, Roar Groove Meets Dirt Crew Vol. 2.
While last year’s four tracker featured a knockin’ remix from Nachtbraker, Vol. 2 is a solo take for The Revenge. The A-Side, which hosts the glistening and french-style looping stomper « Every Night » and our premiere, « Grit » leans more towards the disco end of the spectrum. Meanwhile, the flip side’s « Never Learn » and « Krokodile » ramp up the synths for some saucy hardware-laden and electro-inspired house jams. Anyways, let’s dive into « Grit ».
The A2 cut is trademark Revenge. It initiates with a dusty, looped vocal sample and a filtered disco drum kit, before pulsating synth stabs build their way in. The low end then kicks in, revealing an oh-so-beefy kick drum and putting the jam in full effect with a magnificent groove. It’s a track that prospers in its simplicity and arrangement; the haunting synths cleverly progressing and layering with different chops of the vocal snip. Moreover, it bears the unique, brooding energy that makes Revenge tracks so successful on the dancefloor. A sweet amalgamation of old and nu disco aesthetics. This one will surely please fans of the producer’s previous work.
Roar Groove Meets Dirt Crew Vol 2. drops on wax (and features a fully printed jacket!) on July 7th and digital July 10th, and is of course already listed on Juno.