"Simple but effective" is the Danny Slade verdict
This track had its first airing on Danny Howard’s BBC Radio 1 show a few weeks back - and quite deservedly so, as it's a bit special.
No Art is a subsidiary of Armada Music that's run by young Dutch duo ANOTR. So far the label's mostly put out ANOTR's own material, but this single-track release packs a hefty punch due to the deft production skills of Berlin-based DJ/producer Santé, who also curates his own Avotre label and clothing brand. He's obviously a busy man, but luckily he found time to get into the studio and produce this musical gem.
Code Red starts with quiet percussion and a throbbing tone, that both grow louder as the track progresses and usher forth a thumping bassline, tizzy hi-hats and much atmospherics. This track sounds massive when played through a loud soundsystem, as all good dance music should! Like a lot of great dancefloor tracks it's surprisingly simple, with the interaction of the building tones, the punchy bassline and the swung drum pattern making up the main hook.
Code Red is the type of tune you can play alongside busier tracks as a bridging tune: it's not an anthemic, hands-in-the-air number, but you know you won't lose interest out on the dancefloor. Such records are essential building blocks for any decent DJ set, making this a useful weapon to have loaded on your memory stick. I also expect it to hang around for a good while, because it's an infectious little beast and well worth checking out.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 4 December
Review Score: 8