Release Date: 5th June 2020
The debut release on Raw Basics is a split single from Basic Rhythm and Parris that reworks tracks from Basic Rhythms first LP, Raw Trax.
The A side is a VIP version of the closing track from Raw Trax, which you may have heard on dubplate in Basic Rhythm sets from the last few years. Stripping away all the drums Basic Rhythm reduces the track to a hypnotic synth line, coupled with a smattering of hi hats and the classic Rainy Davis vocal sample, before unleashing the Reese like synth line, pounding kick drums and full vocal hook.
Parris comes with a total flip of Feel Me for the B side. Starting with a slow steady 4/4 kick drum and droning horns, before dropping in a gargantuan sub bass, Parris builds and reduces over and over again, bringing percussion in and out. A sparse sprinkling of vocals and effects throughout the track, and the most minimal of melody lines, keep the track rolling with a clean and spacious, sophisticated air that only Parris can bring to the table.
a1. Basic Rhythm - Break It Down (VIP)
b1. Basic Rhythm - Feel Me (Parris Remix)
Release Date: 31st July 2020
The second release on Raw Basics is a solo single from Basic Rhythm that brings a summery Techno vibe to your turntable.
The A side opens with a bright lush pad lowly panning from left to right, coupled with a bouncy kick drum and light percussive hits, before unleashing a heavyweight bass line designed to rattle your sub stacks and knock the air out of your chest. Cha is a stepper that draws from, and combines Dancehall and Detroit Techno with a deftness that only Basic Rhythm can bring to the dance floor.
The B side is a more subdued affair, invoking clear blue skies and a warm summer breeze. Opening with a lush chord and muted 4/4 kick drum, the layers of tape hiss obfuscate and add a little lo fi fuzziness, while gradually building layers of percussion in that unique Basic Rhythm style, adding hints of sub bass before finally opening up into a straight stepper around the half way mark, with a solid kick drum and warm bass line that compliments the lush airy chords. This is one for the summer!
a1. Basic Rhythm - Cha
b1. Basic Rhythm - Drifting Clouds
Release Date: 12th February 2021
The third release on Raw Basics is a collaborative effort from Basic Rhythm and the inimitable Lamont.
On the A side we have Hard Shoulder. Starting with an electro groove and meditative synth line, pausing for a moment to drop in a head nodding bass stab to accentuate the percussion before bringing in a gritty percussive roll and flair evoking Detroit and Chicago but with a contemporary twist. Hard Shoulder is a modern electro roller with energy to spare.
On the B side is Spring Back, a deeper more melodic affair that opens with a distorted chime melody, bringing to mind children nursery rhymes, before stripping back to clear simple percussion and bass stab. The track rolls along, dipping in and out of the melody line and playing with the time signature, before bringing in a deep sub bass and switching the groove up. This is space age bass music!
a1. Basic Rhythm & Lamont - Hard Shoulder
b1. Basic Rhythm & Lamont - Spring Back