2017 Feb 05     
2 Bit Thugs

Label regular QuestionmarQ serves up three cuts that are strictly for 'da headz'

Since the start of the current decade, Cork's Vision Collective Recordings have been flying the flag for proper trad-style deep house, putting out a handful of releases per year, and slowly building a small but dedicated fanbase who certainly won't be disappointed by this latest release.

There are three tracks on offer, of which DSKO is easily the most accessible... it's a smooth, garage-leaning deep house groove built around crisply rolling beats, warm, parping chords and a little gently wukka-wukking geetar, then topped with a robotic voice saying something utterly indecipherable. Unless he's really saying "hairy bucket and spade," of course! Some space-y synths drift in and out, too.

That might not sound like much, but DSKO is a veritable cornucopia of sounds and textures compared to the other two cuts, which are tracky in the extreme and definitely ones for the folder marked "heads only". HSPTL marries skippy drums, fat buzzy bass and Jersey-style organ chords, while ICLND tops a sparse, bizarrely frog-like rhythm (it'll make sense when you hear it ) with some sedate but nevertheless distinctly rave-y synth stabs. And neither does anything much at all beyond just getting in a groove and staying there.

That's not a complaint, by any means... these aren't crossover tracks aimed at your local Oceana or the Top 40, they're for keeping specialist floors moving through till the sun comes up, and they'll do that for sure. But for a wider audience, DSKO is the one to head for first.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 4 February


Review Score: 8




Tags: QuestionmarQ, Vision Collective Recordings, deep house, US garage