2016 Dec 17     
2 Bit Thugs

Remixes come from Sound Diggers, Julian Hi Energy, Thijs Haal and Wayne Brett

French label Hi! Energy Records, who've put out releases by the likes of Inland Knights and Demarkus Lewis, serve up some proper bumpin' bizniss here that sits right on the garage/deep house cusp, courtesy of the Nottingham producer better known as Kinky Movement.

There are no fewer than five mixes of Shake Up to choose from. The original is an understated affair built around nagging Rhodes chords and a phat walking bassline, and augmented as it goes on by spacey synth squiggles and, eventually, female vocal cut-ups. Remix-wise, the favourite for this reviewer is a deeper, dubbier pass from The Sound Diggers which has that 'Smokescreen, 5am' feel in spades, but elsewhere, label boss Julian Cadet gets busy with male vocal cut-ups in a MK/Todd Edwards style, Thijs Haal brings us a tuffer, more driving pass while Wayne Brett's remix is a little busier and makes more of the female vocal. Completing the package is Jack Attack, which despite the name is another Jersey-inspired affair with some fine cascading disco strings and plenty of east Midlands bump in the trunk.

Unsurprisingly it's the more trad-style/garage-y passes that float my boat the most, but this has the chops - and the remixes - to do the damage on a wide range of floors.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 12 December



Review Score: 9




Tags: Moshun, Hi! Energy Records, Julian Cadet, Kinky Movement, deep house, US garage