2020 Jun 06     
2 Bit Thugs

The Berlin-dwelling Brit serves up two cuts with a nostalgic feel

Berlin-dwelling Brit Spencer Parker brings us an EP on his own label that suggests a not-so-secret love of classic US house and garage.

It's a two-track affair. On the A, babeh babeh babeh babeh opens with crisp, toppy percussion before introducing first a hard-hitting 4/4 kick, and then some very NJ-ish warbling organ chords. These elements, in turn, pave the way for a bassline that's very reminiscent of Smokin' Beats' classic Dreams, before finally the vocal arrives: a woman's voice singing "baby baby baby baby" over and over again. And then… well, that's it basically, but it all adds up to something of a sparse, garage-y delight. Over on the B, meanwhile, i'm in this (till i die) opens with 4/4s, shakers and female vocal "hmmms," before an oompah-loompah tech-house bassline shuffles in. And again, that's it – both tracks here coming strictly from the "less is more" school of thought.

Both tracks are also very playable – but it's the Zanzibar-esque thrills of the A that take the gold for yours truly.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 5 June


Review Score: 8




Tags: Spencer Parker, Work Them Records, house, garage