2020 Jul 01     
2 Bit Thugs

Romanian producer Ciprian Stan serves up a four-tracker for the fledgling UK label

What we have here is only the third release from new label Sonet Music. The label is headed up by Jamie Reid, who says the label is "strongly influenced by the minimal dubby hypnotic minimal sounds of Romania and France," and it's a Romanian producer at the controls here, as mystery man Ciprian Stan shows us what he can do.

Up first is A Couple Of Planks, which is quite a pacy affair that's underpinned by a throbbing bassline and twitchy micropercussion while various clipped sounds play on top. Channels itself follows and is easily the EP's housiest cut – the b-line here is bordering on funky, while chopped vocal sounds further enhance the sense of human warmth. Some X Some Y is a rolling, lolloping affair that nudges towards deep/dub techno, while finally Several Times is a slightly sparser, more contemplative cut.

All told, there's no great reinvention of the wheel going on, but fans of that twitchy, glitchy mid-00s minimal sound will dig this for sure.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 28 June


Review Score: 7




Tags: Ciprian Stan, Sonet Music, minimal, Rominimal