2017 Jun 19     
2 Bit Thugs

There are mixes to suit a range of tastes on Dopewax's latest

There are no fewer than seven mixes to choose from on this latest offering from Kenny Gonzalez's Dopewax stable, so buckle in - we've got a lot of ground to cover!

Oddly, there's no Original Mix so we'll start with the William Rosario Chicago Mix, which takes us right back to 80s Chi-town with its 909 drums, rough-edged nagging synth riff and preacherman-style vocal about "the true meaning of house/this house will jack you/(yada yada yada)". That comes accompanied by a William Rosario Dub Beat Mix that takes us down a more uncompromising, drummy route. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Walid Martinez Instrumental is a smooth, melodic affair with (despite the name) cut-up vocal snips and an ominous walking bassline. Next up are two Cornelius SA rubs - one vocal, one instrumental, and both exploring more heads-down, techy/proggy territory, with a lil' French Kiss-like flava to boot. Pipping all of the above to the post for this reviewer, though (the nostalgic pleasures of the Chicago Mix notwithstanding) are the MDW Jack Down Mix and MDW Jack Down Instrumental, which rock an incessant M1 throb straight outta the mid-90s.

With the combination of that old school vocal and such a wide array of mixes, this one's a bit of a monster, truth be told, so get on it!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 16 June



Review Score: 9




Tags: MDW & Raul Soto, Dopewax, Walid Martinez, William Rosario, Cornelius SA, house