2018 Mar 13     
2 Bit Thugs

Dublin house stalwart Declan Canning drops a three-track EP on his own label

A fixture on the Dublin house scene since the late 90s, here Declan Canning serves up a fine three-track EP on his own Connection Recordings, from whom this is the 21st release.

Double Trouble itself is up first, a classic-style house groove with a simple rolling piano riff as the main hook, underpinned by straightforward 4/4s and augmented by male vocal wails and chorused "baby!" shouts. As the track progresses, both the keyboard and vocal elements gradually evolve while in the mid-section there's no breakdown as such, but rather a brief passage where the bassline is ramped up and echoed in a way that recalls Levan remixes of yore. Classy, timeless stuff that will please the old-school heads.

The EP's then completed by two mixes of Pump Up The Noise. In its Original form, this is a pacey but quite sparse house jam made up mostly of toppy percussion, the looping male vocal that gives it its title and another nagging piano riff, but for sheer dancefloor frolics it's hard to beat the This Is A Rave Mix, which - suffice to say - does exactly what it says on the tin.

A well-rounded EP that deserves to find its way into the arsenal of a wide range of jocks.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 16 March




Review Score: 8




Tags: Declan Canning, Connection Recordings, house