Forthcoming this September on Belgian label 9300 Records, Thomas Blanckaert, AKA Innershades, offers up a slab of jackin’ Chicago-inspired soundscapes with Betonkust on remix duties. Named for his hometown of Aalst, Kerrebroek Memories conjures up images of Addidas clad club goers attending electro-pounding, sweat-dripped warehouses in full swing. Returning to the label since for the first time since 2014, Blanckaert’s EP is well balanced, but with the Steve Pointdexter-esque vocal work running throughout, ‘Cocaine Voices’ clearly takes its cues from Chicago labels like Dance Mania.

Occupying the B1 slot it jolts right out of the gate as a jacking 808 lays down heavy kicks and big snares. A staccato synth motif runs throughout the whole piece as truncated ‘ruh ruh ruh’ vocal stabs croak along to its melody. Sounding simplistic through weak speakers, get it on a good pair of headphones or, ideally, a well-tuned soundsystem and it opens up. Coming alive with micro-variations, permutations and background sample work filling out the core motif, one note 303 bleeps trill through like sonars and glitching tape rewinds hanging out in the back. A truly close listen will reveal arrhythmic synth work and the central refrain chopped, swung and panned at the back of the mix. It belongs in the warehouse, serving as an open canvas for experimentation that absolutely stands alone for its whole 5-minute duration.   

Kerrebroek Memories is out September 11th on 9300 Records – pre-order the vinyl here.

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