- As Red Rack'em, UK-based producer Daniel Berman makes crackly, chugging house tunes that in no way suffer from a deficit of 'tude. Like similarly minded housesmiths Nebraska and Hunee, Red Rack'em records have a drive and swagger that loop-ier producers generally only approximate. The best Red Rack'em cuts in Berman's ever-expanding discography tend to feel somewhat cobbled together the moment after the needle drops, but after a few minutes in their grip, it's hard to imagine how you ever doubted the combination.
Kicking off with the title cut, a curiously tense conglomeration of positive vibes that wouldn't feel out of place on DFA, Berman immediately hits us with his charm. He waits until the B-side, however, to make his idiosyncrasies known. "Courting," wherein Red Rack'em pairs what sounds samples from a high school basketball game with snare gut-punches and morphing wisps of dub, makes for the collection's strangest and best inclusion. Rounded out by the utterly funky interplay of spaced-out lead guitar and minimalist bass plucks on "How We Do," Berman has turned in another solid, excellently strange and pretty darn original take on classic house.
A1 Feel My Tears
B2 How We Do