2017 Apr 27     
2 Bit Thugs

Jens Thomas AKA Monomood serves up three very fine, deeper-than-deep cuts

Here we have a limited edition release from Germany's Etui Records, coming on marbled black-and-white vinyl, that lovers of deep, dubby techno would be well advised to check for immediately.

And when I say 'deep and dubby', I mean proper deep and dubby! Winter is up first, starting with a sampled, spoken male vocal placed atop the most delicate of chord/bass-note backdrops, before muted kicks and a simple, lolloping bassline hove slowly into earshot, augmented by the warmest, most resonant chords you can imagine. Only those 4/4s and the minimal-style clicks really keep this out of the ambient/flotation tank zone, but the important thing is they do, making this a warm-up/afterhours delight. 

Spuuki Dub, which follows, is similar in style overall but has a glitchier, more minimal-leaning feel and snatches of what appears to be either a foreign-language or severely cut-up male vocal, while completing the EP is Dronje, which with its haunting, barely there piano and cavernous bass hits again steers close to ambient territory but stays just the right side of the line.

Not sure how many clubs you could get away with playing this in, but as a headnoddin', late-night blazin' kinda thang it's bang on the money, with Winter the pick of a very fine crop.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 28 April



Review Score: 8




Tags: Monomood, Jeff Thomas, Etui Records, deep techno, dub techno, minimal