Black Loops - 7Hills EP

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It was only a matter of time before we could announce a release from Black Loops here on Freerange and finally the time is now. The Italian producer now residing in Berlin has had a solid few years rising through the house music ranks through releases on respected labels such as Pets, Toytonics, Gruuv and Neovinyl. Last year he was awarded best Deep House Artist by Traxsource (based on sales and chartings) and he has since been remixing for the likes of Luke Solomon, Ponty Mython, Theo Kottis and Joey Negro. His broad-ranging influences taking in funk, soul, disco and 90’s NY house inform a depth, warmth and musicality to his productions which has seen him in demand DJing around the world and makes him an obvious fit for us here on Freerange.

This EP, produced almost exclusively during an extended tour in Australia opens with title track 7Hills, the area where he stayed and worked on this release. The trademark Black Loops swinging groove, smooth Rhodes stabs/ keys licks courtesy of Nikos Haropoulos and a deep, rolling bassline all come together to form the perfect warm up track - uplifting, understated and with a subtle sense of anticipation.

Next up we have Parisian producer Mad Rey getting stuck into 7Hills for a raw, bumping interpretation which jacks things up a notch taking it into heavier peak-time territory. Mad Rey has been responsible for some brilliant releases on French label D.Ko, Rekids and most recently Mamie’s Records and alongside label mates Flabaire and Paul Cut he has helped re- establish Paris as a hotbed of fresh, musical talent.

Flipping over we have two more Black Loops originals. King Paul takes an old soul vocal sample and works it to great effect over crisp 909 beats and sun-soaked keys whilst a vinyl-only bonus track Linda38 treads a similar path but with a punchier groove and warm pads rounding off this EP in fine style.

Vinyl, 12", EP

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