Embroiled in controversy surrounding the use of ecstasy at the venue, Dallas’ Starck Club closed its doors in 1989 and with it, many argue that the city lost its only true incubator for dance music culture. Maybe that was the case in the 1990s, but Dallas has given us plenty in recent years, from the haywire acid of TX Connect to the mellifluous electro stylings of Blixaboy. Now residing in Berlin, Textasy is another Dallas native, and considering some (questionably) cite the Starck Club as the birthplace of rave, it’s fitting that his debut for Glasgow label Craigie Knowes seems to be fuelled by sweat and serotonin.
Breathing new life into tired rave tropes, full-throttle hardcore meets rubberised electro on the Dallas Gun Club EP. Outnumbered but never outgunned, B2’s ’20th Century Bass’ is the only track to fall under the latter, channelling Drexciyan aesthetics not too dissimilar to those heard on Textasy’s Natural Sciences debut, Off The Leash. If this is what warehouse parties sound like in the Lone Star State, where’s our invitation?
The Dallas Gun Club EP is out January 15th on Craigie Knowes – pre-order the vinyl here.