Since Vrrs set up his Black Venison label in 2014, he’s focused on releasing modern house bombs with class – music that can detonate a dancefloor without sacrificing its subtlety or distinctive voice. Since his own Benz EP inaugurated the label, more impressive volleys have come courtesy of Gnork and Route 8 under his Quake-inspired Q3A alias. Now the boss man returns for a second outing, topping his Chicago-referencing house stylings with an impressive level of polish.
The record splits evenly down the middle into club weapons and more evenly paced rollers. Brique is the main event, building up tension with moody keys and an eternal diva cry ripped straight from 90s rave. The song’s structure is utterly conventional and aims straight for the peak-time jugular, but Vrrs knows not to overdo it, grounding the kick with a dose of grit and pulling back from an anticipated drop into a stripped drum workout. Remix duties are given to Hungarian producer and Farbwechsel co-owner S. Olbricht, who almost steals the show by diving fully into the original’s rave atmosphere, all confrontational square basslines and thundering breakbeats.
On the flip Vrrs steps back to a more restrained pace, plying his tracks with rich, dreamy synthwork and lovelorn vocal snips. Innerside is a particularly gentle trip but still shows off the producer’s attention to detail, its final minutes adorned with a fresh synth motif and a loose-limbed break. Gonnaarp offers more to chew on, where a diving bassline anchors twinkling keys and fine, detailed percussion. Vrrs’ second 12” perfectly shows the unfussy appeal of Black Venison – tracks that show there’s life yet in traditional house moulds.