2019 Aug 04     
2 Bit Thugs

The South African trio step up with a three-track EP that's a horizontal masterpiece

Johannesburg trio Future Kings Of House SA come to Sven Dekker's Amsterdam-based Batavia Records with a three-tracker packed full of ultra-deep house goodness.

Lucidly Dream [Vision Mix] is up first, opening in flotation tank mode with warping, reversed-sounding synths before delicate shakers gently usher in a solid midtempo deep house backbeat. From there, a hefty, dubby bassline underpins proceedings as an assortment of barely-there sounds – piano chords, aquatic sounds, and just the teeny-tiniest, blink-and-you'll-miss-it hint of a spoken vocal – drift in and out for the rest of the track's duration. Real Scene is slightly more floor-friendly, albeit you're still looking at warm-up/very late play, and features some less bashful vocal fragments and delicate, tinkling sounds, while Restricted Area is probably the most obviously club-ready of the three cuts but would be equally at home on the sofa with its pulsing, surging, headnodding feel and spoken male vocal sample.

If it's very, very deep house grooves are what you're after – the kind that are really more about post-club chillin' than dancefloor abandon – then there's a nice hot bath full of soothing deepness right here, just waiting for you to dive on in…

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 2 August



Review Score: 8




Tags: Future Kings Of House SA, Batavia Records, deep house