When browsing the ROW Records Bandcamp page, the first thing that jumps out is their artwork. Surrealist brushstrokes, tarnished archival photography, and lucid portraits dominate the aesthetic. It’s hard to think they’d be able to emulate such imagery into the productions they release, but they do. From the hazy textures on MCMXC’s 2015 EP, right up to DJ Durbin & Manu’s recent take on heady breaks and trap, ROW continues on its quest to pin down the twisted side of house, techno and club.
The latest release to grace ROW’s patchwork quilt comes from Manchester-based Avernian and Ottawa’s Strick. ROW006 continues the label’s rich vein of form, and picks up from where the aforementioned Durbin and Manu left off. The Hairline Fracture EP is a tough lesson in frantic drum work, and hypnotic riddims. This exploration of the tribal side of club music also comes fully loaded with a remix from Hyponik favourite Impey and, to your delight I’m sure, we have a neat premiere to bless your day with.
The Ghost Notes label boss grabs ‘Hairline Fracture’ by the scruff of its neck, flipping its arrangement but maintaining its peak time clout. Where the original is persistent and driving, Impey’s remix explores a more broken facet, with drama-filled breakdowns luring in dense drops.
It’s a peak time weapon, and it does damage; what more could you ask for?
Hairline Fracture is out now via ROW Records.