2017 Sep 26     
2 Bit Thugs

Young Italian producer Antonio Stasulio serves up two heads-down 3am slammers

Can't tell you a lot about the artist here, as 21-year-old Italian newcomer Antonio Stasulio (we do know that much!) appears to shun social media entirely. But we can tell you that, on the basis of these two tracks, we suspect it won't be long before we're hearing a lot more of him.

On the A, Jack isn't the Chi-town nostalgia fest the title might lead you to expect. Instead, it's a heads-down, driving affair sitting right on the house/tech-house cusp, with a female vocal saying "Jack!" and "I want your body, everybody wants your body" on loop while a hefty, almost speed garage-y bassline throbs away below the crisp, no-nonsense beats. A second, male voice goes "wubba-wubba-wubba" (and occasionally "drop the bass") throughout, while whooshes, whoops and some lovely chords/stabs dip in and out of the mix to keep things interesting. 

Flip it over and you'll find Machine. Here the title is a bit more of a clue, because this is so "inspired by" X-Press 2's classic Smoke Machine that it's practically a cover... albeit one with techier, more pounding kicks and a sinuous, snaking bassline whose sole aim in life is to make asses wiggle on dancefloors.

There's no great reinvention of the wheel going on here, just two hard-hitting house cuts made to rock floors through the wee small hours. And that's just how we like it.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 25 September



Review Score: 8




Tags: Antonio ST, Old School Department, Antonio Stasulio, house, tech house, tech-house