New York producers Greco and Pinto team up and draft in Canada's MC Flipside on mic duties
Lupe Fuentes' In The Loop label continues to push the boundaries of tech-house, with an EP featuring two tracks that are on a par with each other for quality and playability.
First up is the title track Relax, a solid groover which starts with a percussion loop and a sort of repeating whoosh. Claps, the minimal vocal and a bassline are then added, and now the track is in full swing. The vocal by MC Flipside is spoken and simple, but that's all you need as the backbeat is solid as a rock, with the bass sounding funking great and tried-and-tested tech-house production techniques in play: fast repeated claps, snare fills and odd sounds firing off randomly. Relax is aimed fair and square at the dancefloor, where it will without question be well received
Much the same can be said of the EP's second track, Fever, where they lose the MC and rely on vocal samples instead. The track starts with a tuned kick and hi-hat, then adds a clap and, eventually, the snare. Some of the vocal samples come in, taking you to a breakdown, and after that we're right in the groove, with the one-note bassline and random sounds in the background. The vocal samples are used to good effect, and the whole track is full of percussion fills which give it a great rhythmic feel.
This release is not groundbreaking in any way, but it does contain two great DJ tools to get people on their feet – to dance and not take selfies, which is what we need in clubs at present! My advice to all DJs is seek this one out, play it loud and watch your audience throw shapes to its incredibly infectious grooves.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 14 June
Review Score: 8