2018 Jul 05     
2 Bit Thugs

Russian producer No Hopes conjures new musical fusions for Zulu Records

Zulu Records go in hard with a two-mix release from Russian DJ/producer No Hopes that fuses bassline, house and tech-house.

The Original Mix starts with a skippy drum pattern with male vocals over the top, then hits a breakdown with booming bass notes and the introduction of the female vocal hook, which works a treat. There are synth stabs, detuned vocals and plenty of booming bass throughout, along with a pad sound, snare rolls and the obligatory big breakdown, which sounds great with a new synth riff, the female vocals and some rave-y sounds as the track kicks back in.

The Nopopstar Remix takes us into tech-house territory and starts with the bass tones, an added one-note stringline to add tension and the female vocal hook, and features an altogether different bassline that's not so booming. There are added cowbells, and the vocal is messed around with which definitely gives it a tech-house edge. It retains the bassline feel but also has universal appeal, as it would fit in with a range of house styles without sounding too out of place.

I don’t think this record will start its own new sub-genre... but these days anything is possible! As for favourites, I'm most drawn to the remix but wouldn’t be averse to playing either.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 2 July



Review Score: 8




Tags: No Hopes, Zulu Records, bassline, tech house, tech-house