Three Italians serve up two proper stompers that come topped with some very familiar vocals…
One complaint you're highly unlikely to hear right now is "I wanted some strutty, attitude-y, peak-time tech-house, and I just can't find any"! However, this two-tracker from Zoo Lab lifts itself a head above the herd through the judicious application of some nostalgic vocal bites.
In the case of the title track, you've probably guessed the particular vocal in question already - and you'd be right, as Corcella and rising young duo Oxlade top their beefy, bassy tech-house groove with sizeable chunks of Loleatta Holloway's Love Sensation. It's a sample that's been used so many times you'd almost expect it not to work, but pairing it with a second spoken male "I'm not moving at you" (??) vocal puts a fresh twist on things, resulting in a cut that might not be particularly innovative or ground-breaking, but that will move bodies on dancefloors for sure.
But while Sensation is plenty playable, it's really the B-side Many Time that's earned this its place here. For this one, the Italian trio have dug just a little deeper in search of a vocal and come up clutching equally sizeable chunks of Sweet Pussy Pauline's 1997 bitch-house classic Work This Pussy, spreading said gloriously sweary, brash diatribe all over another tech-houser that's built to encourage the throwing of shapes on peaktime floors.
To steal a phrase that's as old as the Sweet Pussy Pauline record: this EP isn't from Detroit... and it's not intelligent... but it is f***ing 'avin' it.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 5 January
Review Score: 8