NYC house legend David Morales has resurrected his Red Zone alias for a special vinyl only release on Radio Slave’s awesome Rekids imprint.
Red Zone was the name of the club where Morales cut his teeth in the early 90’s and this release harks back to those glory days with two cuts of the highest quality.
The A side ‘Don’t Go’ is a stripped down affair full of nostalgia. Shimmering ride cymbals drive the track from the start and a sultry female vocal pleads ”don’t go”, although there is not much chance of us going anywhere once the unmistakable chord stabs from Technotronic’s ‘Pump Up the Jam’ burst into the mix. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, yet thankfully Morales doesn’t over do it. Instead a marching synth bass, swirling effects and classic 909 hi-hats keep us locked in for the duration.
‘Tribal Funk’ is a deeper, more percussive workout in the same vein as Todd Terry’s ‘House Of Gypsies’ project from the 90’s. Moody chord stabs and distant vocal chants give the track a really nice sense of space as Morales builds an infectious syncopated drum track right out of the top drawer.
Solid stuff from a true house master; here’s hoping there is a Volume 2 on the horizon.
Release date: 29-04-2016
Track Review by Tim Weeks