2019 Jul 26     
2 Bit Thugs

Rising UK producer Josh Baker serves up three fine house cuts for the label's debut

Mancunian collective You&Me unleash the first release on their in-house label of the same name, as emerging UK house talent Josh Baker delivers three funk-fuelled funsters for our delectation.

Scratchcard Luck itself is up first, beginning with a clickety-click drum pattern and synth stabs, then adding a funky bassline, snare fills and female moans. It builds from there with a wobbly keyboard pattern and much emphasis on the tracks percussive elements, which drive it very well in the direction of the dancefloor. There are some added 303-type noises and a breakdown with a snare roll-out, and all told it's a proper little groover that'll make perfect main set fodder. 

Next up, Kick It gets going with a conga groove and builds from there, with the word “bass” repeated over and over, spacey synths and another funky bassline forming a great backbeat for a track that's not as instant as the first but still a solid building block in a DJ's toolkit. The final track, Constant Control, is a lot more mellow and begins with drums, ambient background sounds and what sound like electronic crickets/cicadas. As it builds, a peppy bassline is added, along with some indeciperable conversation samples and the word “control” repeated over and over. This one's more of a poolside/terrace kinda tune, but still a good one that DJs are going to enjoy playing out.

So there you have it: three solid groovers, all aimed at different DJs/set times. My favourite is Scratchcard Luck but I will happily play them all.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 26 July



Review Score: 8




Tags: Josh Baker, You&Me, house