2020 Nov 21     
2 Bit Thugs

The Brazil-based German-Jamaican DJ/producer comes to Paco Osuna's label with a fine four-tracker

With releases on the likes of Saved, VIVa and Moonharbour, Melanie Ribbe has been steadily building a fine reputation in house and techno circles, and this four-tracker for Paco Osuna's Barcelona-based Mindshake Records won't do that reputation any harm whatsoever!

Juno is up first, and it's one of those tracks you don't want to call 'tech-house' these days because that implies cheesy Pavlovian snare rolls n' stuff… so let's just say it's a tuff, chunky number with a vaguely Plastic Dreams-ish feel that'd play equally well on house and groovier techno floors and leave it that. Next comes Justabeat, which is as jazz-inspired a deep tech cut as you'll hear all month – check out that double bass-like b-line and those hats/shakers! – and which sports a spoken male "Can you reach? It's just a beat" vocal.

Modulate is probably the EP's most "tech-house" cut but has echoes too of vintage Chi-town, but the cream of the crop to these ears is Mono. A dark, driving throbber topped with a (possibly computer-generated?) male voice reciting verses from the poem Dark Angel by Lionel Johnson (BONUS FACT: the man who introduced Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas)it genuinely doesn't sound like anything else that's around right now, and while the other three tracks are also very fine, it's Mono that makes this EP a must-check.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 20 November



Review Score: 9




Tags: Melanie Ribbe, Mindshake, deep tech, tech house, tech-house, Paco Osuna