2020 Jun 09     
2 Bit Thugs

Label boss Cerillo supplies two originals, Jack Swift and Andrew Azara take care of rmix duties

Dublin deep house producer Cerillo brings us what is only the third release from his Matchbox label – an EP consisting of two original tracks, plus a remix apiece.

First up is Ember itself, an unhurried, understated kinda cut that's probably best suited to warm-up or very late play, with layered pads sitting atop a rumbling bassline and quite tuff, crunchy 4/4s. The accompanying remix comes from Jack Swift and goes down a much sparser route, with bags of space in the mix and with the original's no-nonsense kicks swapped out for more intricate percussion that's skippy bordering on tribal. 

The EP's other original is called Rinsed, and it's an even more dreamy, densely layered, pad-tastic affair than the title cut. Again, it's one for late or post-club play rather than peaktime, whereas the remix from Andrew Azara's a bit more obviously a "dancer" thanks to its rolling drums, acidic b-line, nagging piano riff and overall sense of repressed energy. 

All told, this is a very solid deep house EP that doesn't break any new ground, particularly, but that will help put this fledgling label on the map.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 5 June



Review Score: 8




Tags: Cerillo, Matchbox, deep house, Andrew Azara, Jack Swift