2020 Aug 30     
2 Bit Thugs

NYC veteran Don Welch comes with a trad-style house groover on his own Underground Network label

A treat here for lovers of more "traditional" house grooves, as NYC veteran Don Welch serves up a lively little roller that sports a killer early 90s-style piano line.

We're hardly talking white gloves, whistles n' Vicks territory, though… yes, that piano line might whisk you back to some distant 90s podium, but it's actually applied pretty sparingly, cropping up once at the start of the track and then again in the middle. Other than that, Bad is an infectious, energetic, vaguely Latin-tinged house groover made up primarily of rolling drums, a hefty two-note bassline and a parping sax line, all of which are topped with two different wordless (or at least indecipherable!) vocals – one female and sung, the other a man's voice speaking through a vocoder.

There are only two mixes to choose from, a Main Mix and the DJ Gomi Badass Instrumental, which isn't actually that different – it just drops the vocal snips (obviously) and extends the piano line a little. So we're about done here, except to say that if you're looking for some classic-style house beats to keep the floor moving between the anthems (older floors in particular), Bad will do the job nicely.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 28 August


Review Score: 8




Tags: Don Welch, Underground Network, house, piano house