2019 Mar 29     
2 Bit Thugs

Spain's Rafa Barrios returns to Stacey Pullen's Blackflag Recordings

A feisty tech-house two-tracker here, as Stacey Pullen’s legendary Blackflag Recordings return with more heat for the dancefloor courtesy of Spanish producer Rafa Barrios.

First up we have No Name itself, which starts with a techy percussive intro made up of a solid kick. harsh-sounding hi-hats and claps, with the occasional vocal thrown in to give it a hip-house vibe, which works really well. There's a breakdown and a snare roll, and then in comes the rolling bassline which is joined by a cowbell; by now the track has a solid funky vibe that’s going to work a dancefloor just right. Then finally the vocal is added, a spoken line that's accentuated with a fast-paced rap snippet as well. 

The second cut, Yenckle, is another fast-paced party-pumper, with a long percussive intro before in come tribal drums and vocal stabs telling you to "pump up the bass", as well as some other vocal lines. Then there's a long breakdown with one-note string lines to add tension and a build-up to the next section of the track, where you get a tasty bassline and plenty of mad sounds, and on it rolls to the end. 

Both cuts are are fast-paced and funky, and the 'tech-house vs hip-house' feel definitely works. My pick is the first track but I will most certainly play both.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 25 March


Review Score: 8




Tags: Rafa Barrios, Blackflag Recordings, tech house, tech-house, hip-house