Review: VA – RVTrax Vol.3

Renaat Vandepapeliere drops his latest edition of his RV Trax series, Vol.3. The Waveform Transmitter’s Simon Huxtable takes a listen.

I’ve got a lot of time for R&S founder Renaat Vandepapeliere. Not only has he spearheaded one of the finest record labels of the modern dance world but, as a pioneering spirit, he still bucks trends and resists the obvious with the arrogance and single-mindedness of a 20 year-old Love Island contender!

His is a singular vision “Good music is good music”, none of the namby-pamby sticking rigidly to a formula for success nonsense other, frankly, lesser labels purport to follow. No, his legacy will be his unwavering ability to find the tunes no-one else can; to blaze a trail few are brave enough to follow, and I think he’s bloody marvellous.

Volume 3 of his personal selection of music – named RVTrax – is as wildly creative and off the wall as his many guest mixes. Not all of it is to my taste, but that doesn’t mean it won’t appeal to someone somewhere with a more open mind.

First up is BärtauB with Archivolt; a hypnotic slice of Middle-Eastern house from a very experienced production duo who counts Ricardo Villalobos among their many high profile fans. As DJs of impeccable taste in their hometown of Istanbul, this is sure to ruffle a few feathers in the coming months. Next up is a slice of raw, broken beat techno that would make Josh Wink blush. Acid Funk does exactly what it says on the tin, drop it on the right dance floor stand well back, this is a bomb tune.

Thirdly, Milesh aka Pavel Anastasov is a Bulgarian DJ and producer based in Bucharest. Jedi Mind Design is a looping 10-minute ride of breakbeats, twists and turns. On first listen you can hear influences as wide as UNKLE, Massive Attack, and the 90s breaks scene. Which leaves only Izan Hesse to bring it home with the impressive Tinder Express, a darkly moody breaks excursion. The overdriven kicks and crisp percussive edge work elegantly against the vocal snippets and fire alarm screams.

The third instalment into the mind of a pioneer reveals his more of an enigma now than when he started out. These tracks are so off the mainstream techno way of thinking that its almost like he’s re-invented the genre. What a dude!

Author: simon huxtable

Jack of all trades, Simon likes long walks on the beach, strong alcoholic drinks and dancing all night long. Most of all, he enjoys writing in the third person and Progressive House. Sometimes at the same time.

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