2021 Feb 03     
2 Bit Thugs

Young Peruvian producer Celis serves up a couple of tuff stompers with very familiar vocals

Still in his early 20s, Peruvian producer Fray Celis has already clocked up releases on Dacusan, Tech Avenue, Lemon Juice, Nevada Label and more. And now he returns to the former with a tech-house two-tracker that nudges itself ahead of the pack thanks to the use of some much-loved vocal bites.

On the A, we have Jam itself, which opens with pacy, driving 4/4s and hi-hats before introducing first a lively, throbbing bassline and then the vocal, which takes the form of healthy chunks lifted from one of everyone's favourite cheese slices – namely Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic, which is almost guaranteed to drag a few stragglers and laggards onto the dancefloor! Flip it for Warning 19, which has more rounded/less 'techy' drums but otherwise is stylistically very similar – and again Celis reaches back to the early days of the house revolution for the sampled vocal, which in this case comes from Logic's 1990 Strictly Rhythm classic The Warning.

It has to be said of course, that looping up tech-house beats under a crowd-pleasing retro vocal snip isn't exactly a new trick! But sometimes recalcitrant dancers need those familiar elements to get them up and moving, and Celis does it better than most, making this a useful addition to any tech-house DJ's box.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 30 January


Review Score: 8




Tags: Fray Celis, Dacusan, tech house, tech-house, Logic, Technotronic, Pump Up The Jam, The Warning