Established in 2020, French label Le Ciel Records have had a busy year releasing club heaters of all stripes. Described in their own words as “a label specialised in electronic music in its entirety”, it seems that there’s space for everything from reggaeton to breaks on the young imprint.
The label’s sixth release arrives from fellow French producer Hyas and features a collaboration with DJ Swagger. The name ‘Crafted Tools’ makes it clear that these are tracks made with DJs in mind, but also hints at the precision engineering involved.
Hyas pays homage to various forms of UK dance music on this EP. There’s the warp speed garage track ‘Hard To Explain’, twisted club banger ‘Business Riddim’ and the frantic jungle of ‘Ebay Emotive Skills’. Our pick is ‘Snapped’, a slick 2-step cut with intricate effects and serious bass.
‘Crafted Tools’ is scheduled for release 17 December via Le Ciel Records. Order a copy from Bandcamp.
2. Hard To Explain
3. Making Craze
4. Business Riddim (Feat. DJ Swagger)
5. Ebay Emotive Skills (Digital Bonus)