FBNM is very excited to announce its next EP. As always the label tries to do more than just release music, instead adding things like tote bags, limited colour pressings and boutique artwork to make sure every package is extra special. This next red, vinyl only EP is from the vaults of pioneering 90s house producer, Rheji Burrell, one half of the ubiquitous Burrell Brothers.
At every point since house music’s birth in the 80s, there have been key figures associated with its furtherance. For a period in the late 80s and early 90s, the most exciting releases of the day were coming from the New York studios of twins Rheji and Rhano Burrell. It was deep, rich stuff that touched on gospel influences and laid the foundations for the famous NYC sound we know today. Released on the label they helped co-found, Nu Groove, as well as working under their own names the brothers had countless aliases including New York House’n Authority, Tech Trax Inc and Utopia Project, with each one exploring some of the most accomplished house music of all time. Famously the label only lasted four years, but in that time it released an absolute wealth of material that still gets mined by real diggers to this day.
Ensuing years saw the brothers become go to producers for people from all musical backgrounds, but more recently the ever studious revivalists at Rush Hour have introduced the brothers to a whole new generation of fans. Testament to the quality of their vast output was how well it stands up today, so for FBNM to be offering up an EP of jams from Rheji’s tape archive is an event indeed.
The two tracks offered up are typical warm, rich and full-blooded house affairs that bang with a real human heart. There are jazz chords, kinetic kicks and tons of raw drums all made on authentic old school gear. On the flip is an edit of the A1 from a modern day pair of house talents. The Rimshooters are Italian/German duo Massimiliano Pagliara and Rotciv and together they have released on labels like Skylax and Jack Off. Their edit here is a delightfully well-swung and bouncing bit of dubbed out house.
released October 10, 2014
Written & Produced by Rheji Burrell
Published by Burrell Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Burrell Brothers Records International