In great record shops you hear great music, so it’s unsurprising that I heard a test pressing of Bauhaus Records ‘Somar Ep’ playing from behind the counter of Amsterdam’s Rush Hour Records in early August. The EP is an impressive debut and the label’s alumni were kind enough to give us the B1- Gal PRZ's ‘Shrimp’- to give to you.
Bauhaus Records was started by Block residents Amichay Matyas and Yogo in collaboration with artist and label manager Udi NV, and is another example of the thriving Tel-Aviv underground music scene. The first thing to say about them is that they seem like genuine, humble, honest people, always available, ready and willing to help, concerned with making good music. Indeed the early exposure Bauhaus are getting, and the stellar work Gal PRZ has done on the first release speak to this.
PRZ’s EP opens with the titular Somar which consists of euphoric and extended bumping, dreamy, melodic house endeavour. While the B2, ‘XXX Files’, is darker and techno leaning, as arpeggio synth stabs give way to a building, relentless acid melody, the satisfaction of which characterises the track.
The EP covers impressive ground without ever compromising on quality. Shrimp falls somewhere between the A1 and B2, a wholly satisfying peak-time acidic adventure. Loose and playful, the track is driven by an opening of slamming percussion and claps, supported by hazy melodies which set the stage for an alluded inevitable acid induced roof-thumping culmination. It’s uncompromisingly fun music, the louder it’s played the better it gets, sure to get the taps aff and shoes up swinging through the air. We look forward to hearing it over the winter, as the days get shorter and the nights longer. With this in mind, Bauhaus are certainly ones to watch, another string to Tel-Aviv’s bow and with Gal PRZ already onboard and the founding managers in control things can only get better.
Words by Hugo B