2017 Jun 18     
2 Bit Thugs

The EP features two original cuts plus remixes from Jef Black and ZaVen

Spanish label Deep Clicks come up with the deep house goods as ever here, this time sourced from Spanish relative newcomer Juan Lopez.

Looking at Lopez's two original cuts first, House Music is a sparse, looping deep house groove, with warping synths and wonky piano chords sitting above a chunky, throbbing bassline and cavernous 4/4s, and the whole lot topped with a spoken male vocal snip saying... well, I think you've guessed what it says already! The other original is Take It Back itself, a slightly mellower-paced groove with heavily effected vocal samples (one wailing diva, one male and spoken) and a scratchy, dusty, jazzy feel overall. Think House Music for dancefloor play, and Take It Back for warm-ups and summer afternoon sessions outdoors.

Moving on to the remixes, Jef Black takes House Music into lazy, slo-mo territory on his Underground Mix, while Dutch producer ZaVen heads in the opposite direction and tuffens it up a little while adding a hint of garage-y flava. Black is then back in the remixer's chair for two rubs of Take It Back: a Wayback Remix that's similar in feel to his mix of House Music, and a Raw & Dub Mix that to these ears has an 'Okay, it's 12 noon, it really is time to go home now' kinda feel.

It's actually Lopez's originals that I'm feeling the most here, while ZaVen's take on House Music gets the remix prize, but if you're in the market for something a little more downtempo/chilled then Black's rubs aren't to be sniffed at either, making for a strong package all round.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 12 June



Review Score: 8




Tags: Juan Lopez, Deep Clicks, Jef Black, ZaVen, deep house