Rafael Da Cruz’ debut 12“ finally hits the streets, dipping into deeper, gloomier spheres of house. Soaring synths cleverly trim the bed of fat broad baselines. The Black 80s give the original a wicked analogue touch, with a splendid soulful vocal version as bonus track. Cosmic Cowboys and David Hasert supply two impressive remixes that both create a dark, but uniquely vibrant scenery and complete the package.
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Artist: Rafael Da Cruz
Title: Compost Black Label #118
Cat No: CPT 454-1
Format: 12“ / Download
With a name like that, you should become a leading actor in an Coen-Brothers-Movie, professional soccer player at Benfica Lisbon or head of government with a dictatorial claim for leadership. Eduardo Rafael Da Cruz Ferreira – editor of the magazine FAZEmag – early devoted himself to electronic music. His graceful and melancholic interpretation of deep house he quickly made a name for himself in numerous clubs from Cologne, over Hamburg to Berlin and at festivals like PollerWiesen, RaveOnSnow, Utopia Island and Nature One. With “Right To Love” he started running his own night in Cologne’s most famous Club called Gewölbe, where he presents acts like Maceo Plex, Mario Basanov, Ten Walls, Deniz Kurtel, Miguel Campbell, H.O.S.H. or PillowTalk in a very exclusive atmosphere.
“Cosmic Cowboys” is a project born from the different styles of two young venetian artists: Nicola Sansoni aka Randomatique and Kaled Jabari aka Kaledj. Big friends since they were 10 years old, they got involved into electronic music since they were really young being influenced at first by artists as Ian Pooley, Dj Deep, Chicken Lips, Frankie Knuckles and then by names as Ripperton, Trentemøller, Martin Buttrich and Röyksopp developing a style that couldn’t be defined with other term than “cosmic”, edging between deep-house, dub and tech-house with their quintessential romantic touch, always able to create a special intensity in their music. Their first EP “Rent a Starship” was released in december 2008 on the german label Ostwind Records being reviewed also on the spanish DjMag as one of the best records of the year. 2009 and 2010 was the time for Nico and Kaled to make more steps with releases as the “Dusk EP” and the “Piano Africano EP” on Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s imprint Musik Gewinnt Freunde followed in the last years with more productions for labels as Traum Schallplatten, Katchuli, Plastic City, Time Has Changed or Suara being as well in charge as remixers for artists such as Minilogue, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Italoboyz, Dj Le Roi, Moodymanc, P.Toile, Ryan Davis or Lucy among the others. Beside their productions also their popularity as djs and live performers grew up thanks to their own party “Origami” and the festival they organize in Croatia called “Somewhere In The Woods” or to their performances in some of the best clubs, festivals and events in Italy and all over Europe. Released in November 2014 again on Musik Gewinnt Freunde their long awaited first full length LP “Zero Gravity Love”, where they gave again proof of their skills as musicians starting as well to perform concerts together with their band.
Hollis P Monroe is responsible for classic songs in both the Deep House and Funky Breaks genres. Since 1994, Hollis has made sporadic but significant musical contributions on highly respected labels including Ovum, Defected, West End, Stickman, Soul Candi and Jive Electro.
Since early 2012, Hollis has been refueled by Noir Music’s highly acclaimed remixes of his timeless track „I’m Lonely“ and rejuvenated by talented music veteran but newcomer to House music, Overnite.
Overnite brings his vast experience as a vocalist and producer into the musical direction, DJ sets and live performances as they swiftly move forward as The Black 80s.
Initially billed simply as “Hollis P Monroe and Overnite”, The Black 80s have already made a big impression on the House community, starting with stand out collaborations with Rampa for Keinemusik, Trickski for Suol, and KiNK and Sierra Sam for Upon You.
As well, they have well-received releases on Noir Music, NAU and forthcoming appearances on Freerange, Stranjjur, and Noir and upcoming collaborations with Bloody Mary, Trickski, Flash Mob/Dirty Channels, and Coyu.
German artist and live act David Hasert, also known as Hasi, is the founder of the label LIKE records and public representative of Cologne’s Reineke Fuchs club. He is responsible for the high quality bookings and the club’s unique success. Living up to his rather rebellious reputation David would do almost anything to avoid conformity and one-dimensional attitudes. He is polishing his tracks like gems, crafting the whole with such finesse that it leaves you begging for more. David is also a member of Kompakt Records’ new uprising act DAMH (DogAteMyHomework), which released their first record in spring 2014 with remixes by Hamburgs Mastermind DJ Koze and Matt Karmil. David is also really happy about living in Cologne.