2019 Feb 03     
2 Bit Thugs

Strictly are 30, but their A&R finger hasn't lost touch with the pulse just yet

A two-track release here from Strictly Rhythm that shows they haven't lost their touch, even after three whole decades in the game!

AU-1 is a new alias for German producer Thomas Gold, who started out making trance and electrohouse in the early 00s but has been treading a techier path of late. And in many ways, You Got Me is a fairly typical late 2010s tech-houser, what with its ruff-edged (indeed almost rave-tinged) bassline, its no-nonsense 4/4s and, perhaps most notably, its full 30 seconds of snare roll around the halfway mark. Yet the full-lunged diva vocal wail ("you got me where you want me") that loops throughout harks back to earlier days, and indeed could have come straight off one of the label's classic early 90s releases.

There are two mixes to choose from: the Original, which is densely layered with white noise and drenched in reverb, or the chunkier, stripped-back Ladebare Remix, which ditches the atmospherics and brings the bassline to the fore. Whichever you plump for, though, You Got Me is a track that mixes elements of house music old and new, and as such should have broad appeal.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: Out now


Review Score: 8




Tags: AU-1, Thomas Gold, Strictly Rhythm, tech-house, tech house, vocal house