2020 May 17     
2 Bit Thugs

Swiss veteran Shaka returns with a lounge-y three-tracker on his own Vibes And Grooves label

Veteran Swiss producer Kurt Spichiger, AKA Shaka, returns with another three-tracker on his own Vibes And Grooves that'll delight those who like their house on the jazzual side. This is only the label's third release, and it's been nearly six months since we reviewed the second one: Herr Spichiger clearly doesn't like to rush his productions, and it shows, because the warmth and depth of these three cuts puts 95% of everything else in my inbox to shame! 

The Jazz Bar Next Door itself is up first, a laidback, lounge-y groover with rolling beats, live-sounding double bass, gently tinkling jazzy keys and what I'm pretty sure is a synthesized sax line, all served with a little Dave Lee-esque disco polish. That's followed by Straight To The Core, which has a very similar MO but underpinned this time by a tuffer 4/4 kick, before Journey Through Time plays us out on a dreamy, late-night deep house note.

We're definitely in what you might call "connoisseur's territory" here, but on the more discerning deep house floors these three cuts should go down a treat – this is superb stuff.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 15 May



Review Score: 8




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