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[New Release] Crosstown Rebels is a label that has been around for a while, and in that time has sifted through many different styles of music. With their newest release they seem to return to their techno/tech house roots, and who better than to deliver than the talented techy himself, SIS. The Round Pen EP is a classic tech house release with an opening track that gets gritty and deep, making it a simply magnificent tune that really shines within the collection.
SIS takes the original soul track ‘Smiling Face’ by Undisputed Truth and turns it into a modern day dance classic. His perfect use of the vocal, strong, hard hitting drums, and a bouncy bass line makes this one another heavy hitter for Crosstown and definitely marks my favorite track off the EP. ‘Unforty’ is a stellar techy track with a majestic melody and and sleek drum pattern. ‘Miles From Me’ is another tech-oriented track with a hint of classic minimal elements that holds a formidable rhythm. ‘Forward Line’ is deeper than the previous two tracks, but still leans towards the that higher energy tech is known for. The last song is a dub of the track ‘Unforty’.
As a label, Crosstown Rebels is constantly pushing the envelope with their sound and, although they seemingly go back to their roots on this one, they might just be laying the groundwork for a new direction into the deep — maybe something more along the lines of their sub-label RebelLION. We always look forward to when Crosstown has a new release and this one has some gems on it.
Title: Round Pen EP
Label: Crosstown Rebels
Catalog No.: CRM099