2016 Jun 26     
2 Bit Thugs

Remixes come from Markus Homm and Moodmusic regular Affect!

Two whole decades in, and German label Moodmusic are still delivering the goods, in this case with a fine deep house excursion. There are two tracks with a remix of each, thus making it four cuts to sink your aural teeth into.

First up is the original mix of Falling, which starts with a kick and hi-hat backbeat with added sonar bleeps and a simple one-note bassline, then develops with the introduction of a wobbly synth line which takes you to a minimal breakdown and onwards and upwards in an understated yet blissful way.

Then you have Other End, which is deeper in its presentation and builds with synth stabs, drum rolls and ethereal noises that add the required tension perfectly. The whole track is full of atmospherics and keeps adding subtle layers of sound. There is also a breakdown that has growling synths and a cacophony of differing drumbeats, and the track is a real groover.

The remix of Falling is by Markus Homm, who adds a funky bassline and a techy edge, while the remix of Other End comes from label stalwart Affect!, who draws on his classical background and comes up with a brooding yet whimsical version with swirling synths, stereo panned effects and clever lead lines.

Picking a favourite is a bit of a challenge as all are good in their own way, but at a push I'd have to say that the latter wins for its sheer minimal musicality.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 24 June



Review Score: 8




Tags: Benny Grauer, Moodmusic, Markus Homm, Affect!