Since 2013 the Parisian crew Casual Gabberz have been operating under the hardcore umbrella in the broadest possible sense, crossbreeding its myriad subgenres with similar genres like hardstyle and lesser-affiliated styles like techno, trance and rap. Last year they launched the Casual Gabberz label as an outlet for their "hard and hybrid sounds," starting with the 51-track compilation Inutile De Fuir.
Entretenir Surveiller Sécuriser is a more compact but no less multi-referential debut EP by the Casual Gabberz cofounder Paul Seul. "Respectez Leurs Vies" has the scintillating feel of rushing through a warehouse rave in the '90s. It's trance that's gratifyingly nostalgic, nudged into a hardcore context by a tough, distorted kick. "Gardez Vos Distances" is faster, more motley and harder to define. It welds together parts from all over the spectrum: a boinging old-school kick, more trance and rave stabs, a sprinkling of breaks. It's not rooted in a specific sound, instead presenting a more nebulous hardcore experience. It's hardcore for everyone and loads fun, which is exactly the appeal of Casual Gabberz.