2019 Jan 24     
2 Bit Thugs

Label boss Fitzpatrick serves up seven prime cuts

As his We Are The Brave label reaches its third birthday, Alan Fitzpatrick releases this bumper seven-track EP to the world.

First up are Eleven Eleven and the accompanying Polymod Remix (the only non-original track on the EP) and both are quality offerings. The original starts with a massive distorted kick and builds into a real dancefloor heater, with big acidic sounds and a solid tribal backbeat. Those acid sounds, the vocals and some of the percussion are then carried over into the remix, which is mellower and not as atmospheric, but still good. Next comes Stand Up, a midtempo builder which starts with a kick and a hooky bassline, and morphs into a technoid affair with bleeps a-plenty and a number of breakdowns to keep it interesting. 

Then we have Ego, a sparse track with crisp percussion and a whole load of sci-fi stabs and big synth chords that give it an anthemic, almost trance-like feel. All Hope Fades has an intricate beat augmented by metallic percussion sounds and a cinematic feel, while Dead Beat Exile starts with twisted acid and a kick and adds futuristic stabs. Finally we have Toasted Pitta, which has church organs and intricate percussion and is a fitting end to an EP which comes with many twists and turns.

My favourite here is the original of Eleven Eleven – it has more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle box and should entice the the crowd onto the floor with ease.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 25 January



Review Score: 8




Tags: Alan Fitzpatrick, We Are The Brave, Polymod, techno