Review: CEV’s – Raw EP


4 out of 5 stars

As the name suggests, CEV’s Raw EP out now on Hi! Energy Records is just that: raw. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The nervous energy might be a bit busy to some old-fashioned ears, but it works here. “Raw to the Roots” serves up a fat, almost garage-y groove with big beats, stuttered hits, fun fills and percussive rolls. Twisted samples reach up through the musical madness and electric keys sprout from the chaos to punctuate the groove. Nico Medez’s “Raw” remix ditches the faux-garage reminiscence as he retools the tune in a deeper, more sinister tech-house image. The EP rounds out with the upbeat “Set Me Free,” a driving house shuffle riding a funkin’ bassline into a classic club vibe. Solid cuts all the way around from French producer Julien Cadet.

DJ Elroy

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