Zoned EP (CFR008)

by Red Rack'em

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City Fly’s previous release was a feature in every discernible DJ’s set showcasing the mercurial production ingenuity of Munich marvel Bartellow complete with remixes from the inimitable Ugly Drums and deep house deity Fred P. Next up they bring another German-based producer into the mix via Scotland and the M1…

For their eighth release City Fly are proud to present Red Rack’em aka Danny Berman. Originally hailing from Scotland, relocating to Robin Hood’s stronghold of Nottingham proved to be a productive move where he met kindred spirits in the form of music lovers and vinyl heads. This planted the seeds to grow an alliance which inspired him creatively, with many of his initial projects coming to fruition including the inception of his weekly ‘Smugglers Inn’ radio show on Myhouse Yourhouse plus promo releases of soul and disco edits on his Red Rack’em imprint that drew support from revered selectors such as the Nordic wizards Todd Terje and Prins Thomas.

Fast forward nearly a decade later and Danny’s career has continued to take an upward trajectory. His ‘Hot Coins’ disco pseudonym was heavily supported by influential tastemaker Gilles Peterson who also unveiled Danny’s Detroit two-step inspired ‘Marlinspike’ alias showcasing his versatility and nous as a producer. He followed this up by founding his fledgling ‘Bergerac’ label on which he released his debut album ‘The Early Years’ with its concocted alchemy of house, disco, beatdown and electro-boogie – gaining critical acclaim from both his peers and the press alike. However, it was his move to Berlin three years ago that gave him a new lease of life. With the hive of creativity in his new environs serving as a source of inspiration and motivation to hone his craft, he revisited his Hot Coins project and released ‘The Damage Is Done’ LP last year on Jazzanova’s legendary Sonar Kollektiv imprint – following this up with by forming a live band set up and taking Hot Coins on the road.

Still, it’s his original piratical Red Rack’em moniker that most heads identify him with – his genre-defying productions on choice labels such as Ramp, Philomena and Wolf Music are always in the bag of purveyors such as Mike Huckaby, Move D, MCDE and Kyle Hall. Having known Danny for some time since his days in Notts, it was only a matter of time before City Fly made the M1 connection and got their fellow kindred spirit signed up and released on some platter…

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released May 1, 2014

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