- Minimal House
The first release from Pleasure Zone came from Ali Nasser (Brother of Hasan Nasser & Sultan Nasser aka Sunday People) with the album intitulated ''Feel'' at the end of 2012.
There are large dollops of techno influences in Ali Nasser's musicóthe synths are Spartan, beats are red raw and a minimalistic approach is maintained throughoutóbut Nasser himself seems to think he makes house. It's addictive stuff.
Nomenclature aside, the Romanian producer's second outing for Pleasure Zone is an impressive and consistent package. Adopting a Kraftwerkian rhythm, "Go Away" is smothered in cavernous synths and dragged along by an odd, bouncing bassline. Deep below the surface of "The Night" lie indistinct subterranean beats, while above ground there's clatter and a spattering snare/hi-hat combo that builds in intensity, joined at every turn with more layers of percussion. The quirkiest of the quartet, "Folkderground," welds a metallic thwack to dreamy pads before the stoned title track rides in on a cloud of whirling synths, heartbeat rhythms and a rattling percussion.
The ever-impressive Pleasure Zone imprint welcome new producer Cntrl into their midst with a sassy twist on minimal techno as the label have been peddling now for the past year or so. "Track 1" on this EP rolls with the breakbeat formation that has made Pleasure Zone a distinctive label in the past, keeping the flow linear but the bass drops subby and surefooted, creating a perfect trip-out of a track. "Track 2" slips into a more wonky groove with some found sounds peppering a loping house beat while rubbery synth swells float around the mix. On the flip both "Track 3" and "Track 4" get into more stripped down territory with sparse rhythms and subtle sound design for the more minimally minded out there.
Pleasure Zone's back catalogue includes releases from acts like Ali Nasser, Little Hado, Iar, Vid, Illario Alicante, Cntrl, Hozoc, and new others to come.