2018 Feb 03     
2 Bit Thugs

It's the New York veteran's second release on Damian Lazarus's label

New York house veteran Joeski returns to Damian Lazarus's Crosstown Rebels here, having made his debut on the label with the Tribute EP last year.

There are just the two mixes of I Want You to choose from. In Original Mix form, the track's defining feature is the surging, 90s-sounding bass that throbs underneath throughout, augmented by tight, crisp percussion, shakers and competing male and female spoken vocal fragments that are buried deep in the mix. With a hint of acid thrown in for good measure, the overall effect is dark, hypnotic and decidedly small hours-friendly.

Over on the flip, the Disco Mix is somewhat misleadingly named - you'll find no glitterball stomp here. Instead, this rub swaps out that insistent bassline for something far more subdued, allowing the subtle, constantly evolving percussion and trippy vox to do the work instead. It's got just enough 'oomph' in its veins to work on weary 6am floors, but is perhaps better suited to those post-club, 'melt into the sofa' moments.

The Original gets my vote, but both tracks benefit from the kind of precision production skills that you only get when you've racked up 25+ years in the game. Another winner from the man Joeski, then!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 2 February



Review Score: 8




Tags: Joeski, Crosstown Rebels, house