2018 May 02     
2 Bit Thugs

The former Cream resident serves up some tuff, floor-friendly grooves that are hard to pigeonhole

Portsmouth's rising star Andy Joyce drops an essential three-track tribal tech-house behemoth that's sure to turn heads.

A musical clash is the best way to describe his latest release, as he seamlessly blends elements of tribal, hip-house and tech-house together to create a genre-defying package. First up is G.H.E.T.T.O, which starts with a kickdrum, closed hi-hat and other rhythmic sounds, then evolves into a bass-heavy, tribal-drummed tune with multiple vocal samples, detuned percussion, synth stabs, scratch samples and much more. The result is a track that's busy with sounds but never sounds cluttered. It's organised musical chaos, and will rock a dancefloor hard.

Next comes Tribal, which takes us to the next level with, er, tribal percussion, whistle samples, cowbells and congas, all topped off with ethnic chants and a relentless bassline. Again, it's a track that will move a crowd effortlessly. Finally you have Free, which continues the tribal tech madness with a drum-laden backing track and odd male vocal samples, deep bass synth stabs and moaned female vocals. The kickdrum keeps firing off double hits and these are boosted with all manner of tribal drum loops that give the track great energy and verve.

Andy has been honing his production skills over the last four years and he has come up with a niche sound that fits in with what's current yet also stands out enough to get him the kind of attention that's needed to make it in the dog-eat-dog world of dance music.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 27 April


Review Score: 9




Tags: Andy Joyce, 8 House Records, tribal, tech-house, tech house