2016 Nov 25     
2 Bit Thugs

Comes on the Leeds-based duo's own slightly mysterious Materials imprint

I love a good mystery as much as the next person. So when this landed in my inbox I was genuinely intrigued, because there's no info with it. All I can find out is that it's on Mak & Pasteman's own label, and that the genre is, in their eyes, "techno with a twist of house".

First up is Function, which starts with a metronome-like sound and builds with a kickdrum, eerie pads and a smattering of acid into a driving technoid groover with a somewhat unnerving feel to it. Don't get me wrong, it's a good track, but ever so slightly bleak and almost sinister - which works for me, as it sounds different to anything else that's out there at present. The other track Reflect, starts with a kickdrum and a single-note pad sound, then brings in a mild cacophony of haunting sounds, built around a strange synth riff and growing with the addition of a slightly acidic electro bassline. There's a very sci-fi- sounding breakdown and the whole track has a futuristic feel to it, but not in a cheesy way.

For me, Reflect works best, but of both tracks I have to say how refreshing it is to hear something that is trying to not fit into one's normal perceptions of how dance music should sound - something that breaks the rules and gets away with it.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 9 December



Review Score: 7




Tags: Mak & Pasteman, Materials, techno, Rinse FM