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Raíz – Keep Secrets EP
Remixes by Jerome Sydenham | Function | James Ruskin

Available now in digital format on Beatport
and where all Vinyl is sold.


A1 Raíz – Keep Secrets (original mix)
A2 Raíz – Keep Secrets (Sydenham + Function remix)
B1 Raíz – Been Caught (original mix)
B2 Raíz – Keep Secrets (James Ruskin remix)


The Enigmatic duo behind much of Droid Behavior’s activity, Vangelis and Vidal Vargas make their debut on Droid Recordings as Raíz. Raíz marks a new sound and message for the label, bringing a deeper sound to the power and grit. The Raíz project first appeared on Historia y Violencia with the dark dub track NUEVA, which made waves last spring for the label from techno’s epicenter, Berlin. The duo delves into an exploration of atmosphere, psychedelia, and themes of emotional disorder with the Keep secrets EP. On remix duties are like minded music veterans James Ruskin of Blueprint UK and Jerome Sydenham vs Function of Ibadan / Sandwell fame.

The title track develops slowly but surely into tougher dance floor territory with jagged percussion structures across an odyssey of eerie, spacey synth work. When the breakdown hits, crowds will be begging for the next hard hitting chapter to unfold… and it delivers. On the flip is Been Caught, and equally deep cut with enough groove to keep audiences moving at any time from peak hour on. Vibrato chord progressions accompany detailed sound design, chilling vocal snippets, and big room ready drum programming.

The new found collaboration of Jerome Sydenham and Function impressed industry and fans alike on CLR’s spring series of vinyls. The duo bring a similar vibe to this remix of Keep Secrets, which adds a new dub element and vocal rework to the original. Percussion is thickened, and all song elements are re-sequenced and reinterpreted for the hardest of DJ sets.

James Ruskin injects the original drum track with a dose of steroids on his remix of Keep Secrets. The resulting impact is big enough to blast the proverbial dust off any Funktion One. Ruskin sets his focus on the synth lead, reminiscent of 90’s techno purity, and adds his own touch of experimentalism to the resulting form. The unique sequencing of his interpretation becomes clear in its second half when things become serious and slightly solemn. Despite the presentation of darker emotions on this cut, the energy is never compromised. This remix stays dance floor essential and psych ready.

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27 Responses to “Out Now: DROID.11 | RAÍZ – KEEP SECRETS EP”

  • Vidal Vargas says:

    Artist Feedback:

    Adam Beyer (Truesoul/Mad Eye/Drumcode)
    Full support on this one, love Droid.

    Speedy J (Collabs/Electric Deluxe)
    big release! been hammering the ruskin mix… proper filthy moody techno

    Donnacha Costello
    Ruskin mix is the pick of the bunch for me. Really atmospheric, lovely.

    Ben Sims (Splitmusic)
    Definitely into the remixes, good stuff. thx

    Perc (Perc Trax, CLR, Ovum)
    Great release, strong remxies with Ruskin’s being my favourite. Full support.

    James Ruskin (Blueprint/O/V/R/Mark Broom & James Ruskin)
    Top Package!;)

    Surgeon (Ostgut Ton/Warp)
    James sent me his mix a while back. Been playing it since then.

    DVS1 (Klockworks, Transmat, HUSH)
    Been caught!!! Nice melody within the beats as it progresses!! moody and heavy.. And both remixes are sick! Thanks guys…Need the vinyl!!!

    Dustin Zahn (Enemy Records) (Dustin Zahn)
    Very big release! The originals are just as big as the remixes. All tracks are playable but I see myself playing the Sydenham+Function remix the most.

    Noice Podcast Series
    one of LA’s best kept.. err not so kept secrets… well done Vidal and Company

    Laurent Garnier
    Real Funky Head fucks —- Will hammer this everywhere

    Terence Fixmer (Electric Deluxe)
    excellent release…all mix are really great…maybe a little preference for the craziness of the original i think..Top release !

    Jonas Kopp (Curle)
    Wow I was needing something like this ! Thanks

    Electric Indigo (UK)
    all tracks are great! keep secrets original and james ruskin mix are my favorites. so coooool!

    Pär Grindvik (Par Grindvik)
    great release all over.. will play the ruskin remix!

    Tim Xavier (Tim Xavier and Camea/Ltd 400/Manmade Mastering/Clink Recordings)
    Very Very cool!!!

    Falko Brocksieper (The Result/Sub Static)
    superb release – i love how the high-tech darkness is broken up by those dry melodic elements. and the remixes are bangin’!

    Len Faki (Len Series, Berghain) (Ostgut Ton)
    great package at all!

    Timo Maas (Cocoon Recordings)
    Been caught and the sydenham workout are cool

    Marcel Fengler (Ostgut Ton)
    Will be playin it ..

    Joseph Capriatti
    great release,will support it a lot! thanks.

    Get the Curse – FR
    such a classy and bangin EP, no fucking around! Keep Secrets original mix and Been Caught are top picks for my sets.

    Steve Parker
    Original and remixes are top stuff!!!

    Slam (Soma)
    exce3llent – playing / Love Jerome and Function mix

    Alexi Delano
    Full Support!

    Alland Byallo
    Perfect! Twisted and funky. Every track here is on point. Can’t wait to play these.

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    this release is outstanding

  • Vidal Vargas says:

    Raíz – Keep Secrets Jerome Sydenham / Function remix now in top 10 must hear techno tracks chart at beatport.


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    makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

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    i love your performances

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  • Alesha says:

    Always dope… it doesn’t matter how often i hear it

  • deselcio says:

    great stuff….will check back for more releases

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