2017 Apr 25     
2 Bit Thugs

Remixes come from Diego Lima and Harry Ley

This tech-house EP features two original tracks, plus a remix for each tune that takes them on a slightly deeper trajectory - but not so deep that they aren't still eminently danceable.

First up is Drop In itself, which leads with a banging kickdrum and percussion loop, then brings in a simple yet effective funky bassline and cut-up vocal samples, along with shrieking sounds and loads of electro claps that give it a real swinging sound. The sample is a male spoken voice and says "All I want is the beat to drop in," which it does after a breakdown with a one-note string line. Nex up is the Harry Ley Remix, which adds congas and sizzling closed hi-hats, and which is less intense than the original with a tribal feel. Third comes the second track Warning, which kicks off with a rubbery bassline and snare hits and grows into a sample-laden groover with electro elements throughout, and then finally the Diego Lima Remix of Warning has a throbbing acidic section then settles into a dubbier groove, with the vocal sample coming thick and fast and a nice retro feel to it.

For me Drop In is the winner, but this EP is no one-trick pony as all of the cuts are well produced, rhythmically intoxicating and aimed squarely at the dancefloor. They will all no doubt get a play from yours truly over the coming months, as this is a fine release.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 19 June




Review Score: 8




Tags: Carl St Pierre, Mike Jones, Diego Lima, Harry Ley, Nastyfunk Records, tech house, tech-house