2020 May 15     
2 Bit Thugs

A very fine four-tracker from mysterious sources

Something of a mystery release this one, because whoever's responsible is clearly choosing to keep their identity secret – I've looked everywhere I can think of but Detect Theory has seemingly zero online presence whatsoever. No matter, though, because the Shelter EP is more than strong enough to stand up on its own.

There are four tracks on offer. Up first is the seriously deep liquid roller that is Seclusion, a dreamy number with soulful male oh-oh-ohs by way a of a vocal that's got a definite flotation vibe about it, yet just enough of a darker edge to stop it sounding wishy-washy. In Silence operates in similar territory, only this time it's a spoken female snippet in an unidentified language that provides the human element, while the tuffer bassline again adds an air of menace. Shelter itself opens with a gentle piano part and has several competing vocal elements, while Detect Theory plays us out with Spanish guitar flecks, another lightweight but uptempo rolling breakbeat and a lounge-y, almost Hawaiian-sounding interlude in the middle.

Both Celsius Recordings and parent label Fokuz have been turning out some fine deep and liquid D&B of late, but this is a standout even by their high standards. If only we know who's behind it!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 11 May




Review Score: 8




Tags: Detect Theory, Celsius Recordings, D&B, liquid funk