2016 Oct 28     
2 Bit Thugs

Peppou supplies two originals, while remixes come from Mr Lekka and Enrico Bellan.

Bulgarian producer Petyo Enchev, AKA Peppou, has been making waves in minimal circles of late, with productions coming out on Set About, Moan Recordings and Low Groove, among others. He's also been sitting pretty in the Beatport minimal charts for the best part of the last six months, so it's no surprise Believe Me were keen to sign him to their roster.

The EP features two original tracks, Recommended Use and Double Trouble, plus remixes by Mr Lekka and Enrico Bellan, respectively. And all four cuts are great examples of the genre where less is definitely more!

Describing minimal tracks is never an easy task, because there really isn't much going on except for some very clever programming, and subtlety in abundance. What I will tell you, though, is that my favourite cut here is Bellan's remix of Double Trouble. It starts with a simple kick and snare pattern and builds with vocal samples, cymbal crashes and a seriously infectious bassline, which take you to the main female vocal sample saying “come out and taste it”. There are some sci-fi stabs and subtle mini-snare rolls, and the track has a rolling beat that really locks you into the groove with congas, one-note synth stabs and subtle risers.

It's by far the chunkiest of the four mixes yet retains its minimal credentials, which is important as quintessentially minimalism is all about a groove created, with the fewest possible parts. To do it right is to do it with an air of finesse and this is easily achieved in all four of the mixes included in this release.  

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 31 October


Review Score: 8




Tags: Peppou, Believe Me, minimal, Enrico Ballan, Mr Lekka