We’re already well acquainted with tough house jams of Parisian origin via ghetto enthusiasts Hard Beach Entertainment, but the debut 12″ from Raw Sounds District finds a near-perfect balance of the banging and the beatific. Switzerland’s Ockham, Pete Martell of Leeds, L.A.’s Social Service and Paris-based artist Sofia join label owner Slo Cee on the inaugural effort, a 12” where blissful soundscapes mingle with hard-hitting drum patterns from beginning to end.

Also pinching the track title, Slo Cee’s Nas-sampling closer has been assigned the B2 slot. Once you hit play there’s no denying this guy is rather proficient at the controls of a drum machine. It’s a fitting end to an excellent debut for the label as volley after volley of raw-edged snare and cymbal come crashing down beneath a canopy of horizon wide synth washes. The latter stages witness the introduction of an acid line that darts back and forth above the precipice, capping off a track that succeeds in being tough and tender simultaneously – he makes it seem so effortless too.

RSD001 is out on September 2nd – pre-order the vinyl from Unearthed Sounds.

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