2016 Nov 17     
2 Bit Thugs

The Belfast producer serves up a corking four-tracker for Huxley's label

Only the ninth release from Huxley's No Idea's Original label, and this time around young Belfast-based producer Jordan is the man at the controls.

It's a four-track EP. Opener ####1 is the standout for this reviewer, which starts out with simple rolling 4/4s and shakers before dropping the absolute MONSTER of an ass-shakin' bassline that is the track's defining feature. Mark our words: shapes will be thrown to this record. Funny, strutty dances will be invented. We wouldn't even bet against impromptu conga lines forming... move over ebola, thanks for your time zika, but this, THIS, is infectious!

####1 is a hard act to live up to but the rest of the EP doesn't make a bad fist of it at all. In2Me is a nostalgic-sounding affair, with cut-up diva vocal snips and drums n' bass that could easily have been borrowed from Entact-era The Shamen. Significant Other takes us into more contemporary-sounding driving, eyes-down tech-house territory, while finally Style & E mixes n' matches various well-established tropes (funky breakbeats, acid bassline, shimmery Balearic-ish bits, cut-up rap vox) and could have ended up an unholy mess... but actually emerges as another neat little floor-mover with party appeal to spare.

File the latter three under 'very good', and ####1 under 'outstanding'.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 18 November



Review Score: 9




Tags: Jordan, Huxley, No Idea's Original, house, tech-house, tech house, deep house