2017 Dec 10     
2 Bit Thugs

This time around, they're doing the do for Kim Ann Foxman's Firehouse New York

Teaming up once again, Mancunian producers Jozef K & Winter Son deliver some peaktime madness with a four-track EP on Kim Ann Foxman’s enthralling Firehouse label.

First up is the title track Togetherness, which starts with an acid-tinged piano line, crisp percussion and chanted vocals that hark back to the acid house era, a feeling that's further cemented by a piano-led breakdown, with the word "togetherness" said over and over again, that makes this a real hands-in-the-air anthem. They then head down a darker path with I Need A Fix, which starts with tizzy hi-hats and muted echoed vocals underpinned by a booming kickdrum, and then breaks down to the title of the track being repeated to good effect.

Thirdly you have House Of 1000 Organs, a more restrained affair with the words "let the rhythm flow" repeated over a minimal backbeat with muted hi-hats and other percussive instrumentation and a nagging synth line. Finally you have Rise, which is again quite minimal with female vocal chants, crisp percussion and a simple bassline which gives way to a stabbed synth lead. Definitely a 'less is more' type of track.

All four are simple yet highly effective dancefloor weapons that will work a treat in the right environment. My favourite, though, is the title track, as it's chunkier than the rest and more instant in its approach.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 8 December


Review Score: 8




Tags: Jozef K, Winter Son, Firehouse New York, Kim Ann Foxman, house