Detroit producer NativeOrigin303 is first up to the plate, with two tracks of chunky, struttin' tech-house
What we have here is the first ever release from Amber Red, a brand new sub-label of Hamburg's Amber Recordings (est 2014) specialising in "the pure tech-house sound".
The man at the controls is Detroit, er, native Brandon Lee, better known as DJ, producer and label boss NativeOrigin303. For this maiden AR voyage he delivers two tracks, both of which can be safely filed under "nice and chunky". Take Note is up first, a quite pacey, eyes-down affair with G-house-style rap vocal snips, but the standout for yours truly is Shook, a lively but not too frantic little romper centring around a 90s-style buzz bassline and Rastaman vox.
Best of all, there's not a tedious extended snare roll in sight! So ignore the current wave of anti-tech-house snobbery, because these are two tracks that should do damage on just about any floor where house music is played…
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 16 March
Review Score: 8