this dirty and groovy slice of house music begins as a vintage quarion production with its funky beat, bubbling sub bass and strings. after a quick build-up, the track introduces a filtered chord sequence that grabs your attention straight away. the chords slowly unfold with subtle new harmonies until the break brings forth an exciting new bassline
finally putting to rest a one-year break, retreat is back in full swing in order to bring more heat this summer thanks to the busted moniker ep from quarion! with four tracks that showcase a jazzier, somewhat wilder side of the retreat co-founder, busted moniker has the stamp of a producer on top of his game, squeezing out all of the funk from his machines and letting loose without too much over-thinking. can you handle it?
after the well-received treats vol.4, retreat closes its 2012 chapter with a fantastic 4-tracker from house maestro iron curtis! following his accomplished debut album on mirau, glazing is a highly versatile ep which sees the producer breaking new ground while staying true to his inimitable style.
is there a better way to introduce a label than by releasing 2 exclusive tracks from its founders? quarion and session victim (featuring hauke freer) show what retreat stands for with this pancake-hot split ep
seven years and five volumes of treats down the line, retreat flips the script in 2016 and introduces a brand new remix series (cheekily) entitled re-treats! with nebraska, session victim and quarion reworking stables fromthe rtr back catalogue, re-treats vol.1 is a brilliant showcase of the art of the remix as each artist comes up with a truly personal take on the original material
after last months busted moniker ep from quarion, retreat is thrilled to announce a new 12inch courtesy of house musics most energetic duo, the incomparable session victim! the aptly titled two man house band ep is the lads first record since their 2014 magnum opus see you when you get there and perfectly transcribes the energy that session victim pour into their incendiary live show. tailormade for a night out in the club or a joyous day at the festival, the two man house band ep once again prooves that session victim are unstoppable in their pursuit of the ultimate groove!
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vinyl only !! of course!! more than a year after his last ep, quarion returns to retreat for a fantastic expedition: a journey to the >moons around jupiter<. consisting of four tracks dedicated to the four galilean satellites, >moons around jupiter< is a sonic masterpiece that blurs the lines between house, techno, broken beat and disco. a certain detroit mystique (the futurism & outer space themes) also surrounds this mesmerizing ep which quarion himself ranks as possibly his best work to date … come and take a ride! we may share the ultimate bond with the moon europa: the presumption of oceans underneath its crust of ice as well as an atmosphere that is mostly filled with oxygen make this satellite a good candidate for possible extra-terrestrial life (more micro-organisms than 3-eyed aliens though). quarions >europa< hopes to reveal the secrets underneath the ice layer: beginning with a skippy beat and a tinkling piano, the track evolves rapidly as subtle keys and a cosmic choir appear from beyond.
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one year old and four releases deep, retreat present its first 2010 offering with the long awaited second volume of the treats series. featuring 3 exclusive tracks from session victim and quarion, treats vol.2 showcases the producers ability to move beyond the traditional house sound, incorporating more soul and disco influences as well as coming up with a few surprises! session victim start things off with the magical danish daughters, a slow groover that begins in a gentle but assured way, sparking your interest with its infectious guitar and piano loop until the beat kicks in and makes you irrepressibly shake that thang. adding a synth line here or a bell sound there, the duo keep the pace of the track steady until a startling guitar riff breaks it down, giving way to the original loop to return in its full glory, complete with extra organ dashes!
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after their hot contributions for treats vol. 2, session victim prove indeed that they are on the roll with a funkafied and no holds barred ep that pays homage to their hip-hop roots. move me so starts rather simply, with just a guitar and a vocal, but you can hear a moving bassline and distant rhodes chords creeping up from the background. two minutes into the track and theres still no kick drum, although the level of excitement produced by the magnetic groove is almost unbearable. a filtered drum break finally gives way to a four to the floor beat that should turn any dancefloor into a frenetic party. the track builds with high energy, as the pounding bassline seems to be directly lifted from an early 90s hip-hop classic. the breakdown sees the vocal/guitar loop being played differently until the second part shifts gear and brings more surprises in the mix with the intro rhodes chords coming in and out.
after a split 12’’ and two eps from its founders, your favourite vinyl-only label welcomes an exciting new artist for its fourth release. hailing from berlin, hunee is a true music lover, a passionate dj and an amazing producer (not to mention a top notch friend). his recent productions on feel music, w.t. records and drumpoet community have caught the ear of many key players and made him one to watch in 2010. needless to say, hunee takes it to a whole other level with his barrio payment trilogy: from soulful house to slow-mo disco via afrobeat, the producer holds nothing back and that’s exactly how we like it at retreat hq. starting off with swinging hi-hats and a wah-wah loop, foundation builds excitement before a killer organ riff and bouncy bassline manage to bring the last non-dancers on the floor. ..
just in time to conclude a bittersweet summer (at least in berlin), retreat brings the heat with a soulful ep from one of his founders, hotshot producer quarion. as the name implies, dusty fingers sees the beatmaker return to his hip-hop roots and dig in the crates for a sample-based deep & dirty 3 tracker! quarion was last seen circling around venus and we hope he wont be gone too long because we need more eps like this one