2017 Jul 24     
2 Bit Thugs

Reel House boss CN Williams channels Stevie Wonder and 80s soul

This record's already garnering support from the likes of Louie Vega, Grant Nelson and Horse Meat Disco, and it's easy to hear why - it has summer anthem written all over it.

Sampling a Stevie Wonder track from 1984, Paradise is a nu-disco masterpiece with all the elements to take it all the way. It starts with an electro bass loop and percussion, and slowly builds with the introduction of other percussive elements which take you to the main sample, which Is a hook and a half as Stevie sings "make me feel like paradise". As the track progresses you get the full vocal, which sounds so right with the new backing that it's uncanny.

One of the great things about it is the 80s soul boy groove, which has all the right instrumentation - booming LinnDrums and vintage synths - to give it a timeless appeal as it crosses decades like they never existed. There has been a lot of time spent on EQing the track to make the bottom end super-phat so that it sounds good on a large soundsystem, and this is something that it's already doing all over Ibiza and beyond.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 26 July


Review Score: 9




Tags: CN Williams, Reel House, Stevie Wonder