2017 Jun 10     
2 Bit Thugs

Remixes come from Jey Kurmis, Funkagenda, Vibe Killers and Barber

Coming on Manchester's brand new ON IT imprint, Tibetan People is the work of label boss ONYVA, and is a funk-fuelled tribal/tech floorfiller that's brimming with dancefloor energy. It also comes with a monster set of remixes included in the package.

All the mixes are based around a Tibetan monk-type chant. The Original Mix backs it up with a killer bassline, mad percussion loops and some proper old school cuts to the sound that mimic a crossfader chop. Next up is the Barber Remix, which boosts the BPM somewhat and uses the monk's chants with brass and horn sounds to make another rhythmical bomb of a track. This is followed by a remix from Jey Kurmis, who cuts the sounds into one-bar sections and adds effects to make a somewhat bleepy rework - but the bleeps are the original sounds of the track, which is very neat.

The Funkagenda Remix is a more minimal, funky affair with what sound like wood blocks, a time-stretched segment, and a long breakdown and snare roll intro'd drop which has an off-beat, one-note bassline throughout. Finally, the Vibe Killers Remix adds old school claps and congas, uses more of the chant and has a tight, rhythmic feel which dials up the tribal feel to the maximum.

Close attention has been paid to all of the mixes and although they sound different, they flow with the same DNA, which makes for a very powerful and very dancefloor-friendly first release from a label that I think we'll be hearing a lot more from in the future.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 9 June




Review Score: 8




Tags: ONYVA, ON IT Recordings, tribal, tech house, tech-house, Jey Kurmis, Funkagenda, Vibe Killers, Barber