Cinthie - 803 Crystal Grooves 002
Producer, DJ, founder of many labels, record store-owner and radio personality, Cinthie has grown to become a highly respected figure in the contemporary electronic music scene over the years and her most recent venture, 803 Crystalgrooves, kicked off in October to critical acclaim. The imprint stands as a platform to present productions inspired by her beginnings in House and Techno and while the debut focused on Disco-tinged House, here we see things edge towards darker more raw territory, dubbed as the ‘’bad little sister of 001’’ by Cinthie… ‘Push It’ leads on the package with a stripped-back drum groove made up of a crunchy clap, sharp hats and a weight kick while squelchy 303 licks and vocal shots uttering the track title drive the composition. ‘The Worm’ follows, this time featuring a high-octane drum workout, subtly unfolding synth flutters and an underlying low-end drive. Opening the flip is ‘Boomboomroundtheroom’ employing dusty drums, frenzied synth stabs and gritty bass chops, a cut harkening back to the most robust sounds coming out of Chicago in the 90’s. ‘Peep Peep’ then rounds out the release with vacillating resonant bleeps, bumpy shuffled drums and a dynamically evolving structure.