First Listen: Primitive World – ‘Q Type’ (R&S Records)

Primitive World is the project of former WALLS member Sam Willis, and sees him shed the duo’s honeyed Electronica to produce off-kilter House and Techno. Having established the moniker in 2012, Willis has since released on labels like Black Acre, Ecstatic Sound and Obsession Recordings, and his club creations have received continued support from DJs such as Untold, Lowtec, Joy Orbison and Barnt.

This week sees Primitive World debut on the renowned R&S Records, a perfect match for the experimental inclination of Willis’s work and the Belgian imprint’s continuously forward-facing approach to electronic music. The ‘Purple Caps’ EP, which is out December 4, finds Willis developing further, unleashing a gripping assortment of dancefloor-focussed yet staunchly esoteric cuts, with former WALLS bandmate and current Ecstatic label partner and Diagonal artist, Alessio Natalizia, providing a remix of the title track under his Not Waving alias.

In the run-up to release this Friday, we have an exclusive premier of ‘Q Type’, a driving Techno number that demonstrates much of the EP’s charm, with Willis arranging sounds peppered with dashes of EBM, Industrial, Chicago House and Post-Punk. Filled with frantic drum fills, shrieking vocal samples and gurgling synths, ‘Q Type’ is a chaotic journey; perfect ammunition for prime-time dance floors.

‘Purple Caps’ is out 4 December on R&S Records. Pre-order it here.