2020 May 15     
2 Bit Thugs

Kerri's label STILL does it better… nuff said

Niles Cooper (Niels Kroer in real life) has chalked up a fair few releases since debuting on Kimbo Records in 2014, but this three-track EP marks his debut on Kerri Chandler's long-running Madhouse Records, which would be regarded as something of a step up in most house circles! Luckily, the Danish producer proves he's more than up to the job.

Hommage itself is up first, and old school Jersey lovers are gonna be salivating the moment those opening organ chords kick in. In fact, the whole track comes on like a (misspelt) homage to the deep NJ garage sound of yore, with tuff, raw beats and gentle piano sprinkles to accompany said organ. An all-instrumental affair, it's like a trip back in time to the early 90s when the likes of Eightball, Strobe, Movin' Records and of course Madhouse themselves ruled supreme, and you're not gonna find yours truly complaining about that for one second. Then comes Downtown Copenhagen, another organ-driven cut that veers a smidgeon closer to deep house territory and sports a delicate flute/whistle top line, before Goodbye closes the EP on an even deeper, post-club kinda note, with slowly evolving pads, jazzy keys and female vocal snips.

A truly superb EP that proves you can't keep a good sound down…

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 8 May



Review Score: 9




Tags: Niles Cooper, Madhouse Records, US garage, New Jersey, deep house, organs