2017 Oct 15     
2 Bit Thugs

Melbourne's Holmes John serves up three dancefloor rollers for Unknown Records

Here we have three fat-assed, funk-driven tech-house nuggets aimed fair and square at the dancefloor, coming from Australia's Holmes John on Wollagong-based label Unknown Records.

The title track Break is up first, opening with a simple, pacey boom-tish rhythm before introducing one seriously hefty bassline that warps and whooshes below a veritable riot of different vocal snips - I counted at least six, including some Rastaman chat and what's either Loleatta, or someone doing a very passable impression - and crowd noise. File under 'no nonsense peaktime slammers'. Weirdo, which follows, is in a similar vein but just a little less stompy and a little more slinky/hip-wiggly, and sports some quirky little synth sounds to maintain the interest. And then bringing the EP to a close is the somewhat tuffer and sparser Bing, with its dark techy kicks and distorted spoken male vox.

There's nothing especially innovative or clever going on here, just three energetic cuts made to shake booties on dancefloors. But all three will do that for sure.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 13 October


Review Score: 8




Tags: Holmes John, Unknown Records, tech house, tech-house