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T. Collective

Terry Francis and Tony Hewitt are two champions of the underground tech-house scene. Francis made his name at renowned record shop turned label Swag in the not-so-sunny climes of Croydon, South London. Most famous for his abilities as a DJ, Francis also cuts the mustard in the recording studio, with seminal releases for labels such as Surreal, Pagan, AbNormal Recordings (with Nathan Coles as Housey Doingz), and Checkpoint. His genre-defining mixed compilation Architecture, released through Pagan (the label founded by House Of 909), was hugely successful in the U.K., and was released Stateside courtesy of Arc 21.

English expatriate Tony Hewitt is a prime San Francisco shaker who has been honing his skills as a DJ for over a decade. More recently he has turned his hand to production, and his deep tribal workouts have been picked up by labels such as Low Pressings, Red Melon, Siesta, and Tilted Records. Together, Francis and Hewitt have recorded as Two Smoking Barrels for Deep Dish's much-lauded Yoshitoshi label, but for Berkeley-based record shop and label Primal they have selected the T-Collective moniker. The "Burnin (featuring Minimal Bob)" is a glorious romp through the subterranean landscape of deep late night tech-house. Not only tough and driving but also deep and swirling, this is music for lovers of labels Drop, Tak, and Sense.

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