Midnight In Peckham EP

Chaos In The CBD  —  Midnight In Peckham EP

Midnight in Peckham manages to comprise a complementary collection of five tracks, something that isn’t so easy to capture on one record. It makes for a finely poised offering from Chaos in the CBD, and sees Rhythm Section capturing the flag for South London once more.

Rhythm Section International proudly presents it’s 8th offering from local boys
Chaos in the CBD
. Born in New Zealand, but based in Peckham for the last few years (literally just around the corner from Henry Wu and Bradley Zero), these brothers have made a real mark on the scene here in London town and with their latest set of productions are set to take this message further afield.

Having already released internationally on labels such as ClekClekBoom (Paris), Hot Haus (London) and Amadeus (Montreal), the duo’s approach to production has matured immeasurably in the last year, as is evident in the restrained potency and poetic subtlety on the 4 tracks across this accomplished EP, Midnight in Peckham.

Taking it’s title from the locale the boys have come to know as home, the record channels a delicate late night energy - equally indebted to the hypnotic incantations of Ron Trent as it is to the hazy suburban atmospheres of Burial. These 4 classic cuts pay homage to deep house in it’s truest sense - at once sublime, melancholy and meditative . Chaos in the CBD have clearly taken their cue from the mid-west masters of the genre but have not been afraid to let their own influences and environ creep in, and in doing so have created something that is unmistakablely London and infact, timeless.
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Midnight In Peckham EP

Chaos In The CBD just rolls off your tongue. It rolled off my tongue naturally for so long that I didn't even know what CBD was even an abbreviation of.

Chaos In The CBD's release schedule has remained very steady since their initial EP 'The Moving Image' in 2011, with cuts raining down annually on labels like Hot Haus Recs, Amadeus and Rhythm Section International.
If you're also in my shoes, the answer is Central Business District: a name which to me evokes sun glistening from silver skyscrapers, that weird sensation of being in a part of town you don't really belong in, money changing hands, all the different shades of insurance policies and causing chaos by wearing socks and slides whilst a load of suits swarm around you. I don't know if that's what brothers Louis and Ben thought of when they grouped together to form Chaos In The CBD, but its a cool idea. Originally from Auckland, the laidback duo are now firmly anchored in South East London, a tell-tale sign being track names like Midnight In Peckham and 816 To Nunhead.

The 'Slab' EP on Parisian club label ClekClekBoomRecordings in 2012 was a pounding mix of screwed lyrics from Dom P shouting, thong touting players in the club that layered up with rolling bass and clashing ballroom samples, making it worthy of a dance workout. Their productions have matured slowly with the years - kind of like an exquisite single malt - adding a more jazzy and ethereal lick with tracks 816 To Nunhead being a shining example. I tried to find the 816 bus to tell you where it goes but instead just imagine its back home to Nunhead via Paradise Garage, with a quick stop off in Canavans Pool Club.

Midnight In Peckham, taken from their Rhythm Section International EP of the same name, is so chilled its almost lying down but andromeda cruising jam DeLorean Dreams on Hot Haus is still a blinding showcase of how much Chaos In The CBD can make you sweat on the dancefloor.
Natalie Davies
Published Fri 25 Mar