2019 Dec 01     
2 Bit Thugs

The fledgling Swiss label come up trumps with this outstanding three-tracker

If you like your deep house on the jazzy side, this three-tracker from Swiss veteran Shaka, coming on his own fledgling Vibes & Grooves label (this is only their second release), is an absolute must.

Resist itself is up first, opening with nice chunky 4/4s and hi-hats but soon bursting into life as a Rhodes workout that suggests more than a passing familiarity with the work of late 70s/early 80s jazz-funk heroes like Dexter Wansel, The Crusaders and Larry Graham. Yes, it's noodly as funk, but never to a point where it becomes self-indulgent or distracting – one for the proverbial "headz" for sure! A Sign Of Revolution has a similar MO but adds some lovely Italo-house style chords/stabs while riding a proper cheeky lil' hip-wiggler of a b-line, while completing the EP is Ohh No, a more out-and-out house affair with a hefty Chi-town bassline and male vocal snips… but still plenty of the EP's trademark jazzy keys action.

There ARE those, of course, who are allergic to any hint of jazz flava in any shape or form anywhere, and suffice to say this EP isn't for them. For the rest of us, though, it's the bomb. More, please!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 29 November



Review Score: 9




Tags: Shaka, Vibes And Grooves, deep house, jazz house, jazz-house, jazz-funk