2021 Jul 18     
2 Bit Thugs

Manchester stalwart Danny Ward brings us a track inspired by Herbie Hancock

Dubble D, better known as Moodymanc or more prosaically as Manchester DJ, house producer and drummer Danny Ward, serves up the latest outing on his Well Cut Records label. 

Danny tells us this one was "inspired by Herbie Hancock", but in exactly what way isn't clear – presumably there may be a cheeky sample or two in there, but nothing jumps out screaming at yours truly. There is, however, a definite Hancock-iness to the fat funk bass that forms the backbone of Herbissimo, which is paired with a looping synth that loops throughout, lashings of funk geetar and a dreamy female "no way, no way" vocal snip. The EP also packs two remixes: the Danny Does Disco Edit is essentially a slightly beefed-up version of the Original, while the Moodymanc House Dub ups the tempo several notches and, naturally, rides a far more straight-driving backbeat.

All three mixes are, however, quite similar in feel, so not picking a fave here: which one you reach for is going to depend purely on the venue and the time of night rather than any stylistic considerations.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 19 July



Review Score: 8




Tags: Dubble D, Danny Ward, Moodymanc, Well Cut Records, house, disco, funk