A member of Portland’s Miracles Club outfit, DJ Rafael is breaking out on his own with the Hard Hat Traxx EP. Leading the charge is “Hard Hat Area,” an appropriately titled, acid-fueled workout which leaves it all out on the dancefloor, using the five-plus-minute run to tweak a continually growing number of restless synths atop the tune’s jacking drum-machine core. “Hard Hat Area” is joined by three other original DJ Rafael productions on the full Hard Hat Traxx, which is out now via On the Prowl.

Hard Hat Area