I still remember the first time I listened to the first Relative release back in 2010: It was the label's second release by Vinalog, a production duo comprised of the label heads EMG and John Swing. This was a whole new world for me: raw, dirty, over-saturated grainy mix of house and techno, with a hint of tech and light touches of dub for a unique sound and plenty of character. In my view Relative and its older defunct brother LiveJam Records and its newer family member Warm Sounds are one of the few true modern pioneers of the rising of Raw House, and have been a pillar of the genre throughout the years. With the occasional Mr. G featuring, Vinalog has built a strong back-catalogue for Relative that holds almost 20 vinyl only releases which also include 3 special Record Store Day double 12" pressings.
Coming out this month, Perspectives is EMG and John Swing’s third instalment this year under their Vinalog alias, and their first EP as a duo in more than 2 years. First on the release is Addiction, a heavy and distorted rumbling bass club-wrecker that boasts a lazy raunchy acid synth line at its core, thumping kicks, whirling pads and the occasional "no good for ya" engaging vocal cuts. Up next comes an unreleased mix of Disco 12", a deeply hypnotic track originally found in both club and dub versions on Relative 006 back in 2011. The new version gets a lot closer to its chosen name by showcasing the duo's knack for cutting, looping and sampling with a groovy disco-house edit that sounds and plays exactly as if Frank Timm and Colin McBean had a baby together :) Last, but not least, Back To The Front ends the release with another vocal-tinged proper dance-floor stormer where dubby swirling pads, rolling basslines and a plethora of swinging percussions and gritty drum elements cohabit harmoniously governed by that relentless thumping kick drum.