2018 Mar 21     
2 Bit Thugs

New rubs come from Mark Holmes, Mihalis Safras, Toni Varga and label boss ONYVA

Jey Kurmis's recent tech-houser Es Est gets the remix treatment from ON IT’s own ONYVA and Mark Holmes, as well as two internationally renowned producers, Mihalis Safras and Toni Varga.

First up is vinyl-only DJ, producer and Material label owner Mihalis Safras from Greece. Safras strips back the intro, then takes the messed-up vocal and uses it almost as another instrument, playing a rhythmic pattern which works really well and gives the track a distinctive, unconventional feel. Then you have the Toni Varga Remix, which starts with a heavy bassline and swung percussion and again is quite minimal, with even less of the vocal than the previous version. There are lots of claps and muted synth lines, but the dominant sound is the funky bassline.

Next up to the plate is ONYVA. His remix starts with a percussive loop and choppy guitars, builds nicely with the arrival of the bassline and then continues with panned claps and what sound like lots of CO2 cannons being fired. Finally you have the Mark Holmes Remix, which ups the pace and features choppy percussion and the vocal snippets, and is quite dark and dubby in places.

My favourite here is the ONYVA remix: to these ears it seems the most coherent, with a solid bassline and great sound FX which fit really well with that messed up vocal. But all four rubs are well worth a listen.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 21 March


Review Score: 8




Tags: Jey Kurmis, ON IT Recordings, ONYVA, Mark Holmes, Mihalis Safras, Toni Varga, tech-house, tech house