While unveiling the Mutant Tournament Quartet last year, label boss Nachtbraker was quietly hunting for new music behind the scenes. Being the fine huntsman he is, he came out of the woods with sonic bits and bobs so delectable he had no choice but to spread them out over two brand new quartets. Thats right, eight records in total, to be released over the course of the next 18 months.
Were delighted to introduce you to Scott Franka, whos at the helm of the first missive. This creative head from Amsterdam has been making music since the tender age of 11, but it wasnt until he adopted his Scott Franka moniker that he really found his groove. His music encompasses influences from dub and dark techno to classic drumpcomputer and synth-heavy house. Frankas style takes cues from Detroit, Chicago and the UK, and yet is also very personal and forward thinking at the same time. The Gym might be his solo debut, but a smattering of releases from the man is on the horizon.
The best way to introduce you to Scott Frankas musicality is The Gym on A1. Starting of with sweet, melancholic chords and 808 hats Scott turns your world upside down after the first break. Try to keep your head steady, and get that dirty look of your face.. doesnt work right? Its just too good. Toenail is up next, and its undeniable groove and incredible amalgamation of synths and strings make for an absolute early hours melter. Flip over for Sorry to hear Franka knock it out of the ballpark with its heavy breakbeat and UK-style bass. Finally, theres Street, a mesmerising groover, rounding things off nicely.
The release doesnt only mark its first artist EP, it also marks a new look for the label. Building on the muscular, pheromone-rich theme of the first Quartet, Elsemarijn Bruys developed a fresh concept for both new Quartets with a little help from Scott Franka, who is involved in numerous art projects in Amsterdam. And in case youre wondering: yes, thats an actual picture of a bodybuilder, painted from head to toe. Dont ask us how, just marvel.