2019 Jun 01     
2 Bit Thugs

Chi-town originator Marshall Jefferson muses on the reasons why guys start DJing on this spoken-vocalled affair

Tough Love have been in the studio doing what they do best, which is concoct dancefloor-friendly house tracks with hooks to die for. And this time they have one in the form of a great vocal from Marshall Jefferson.

The subject matter is one that used to be quite controversial when the dance scene was in its infancy: some DJs were into it for the love of music, and some simply to attract members of the opposite sex. Us muso types looked down on them, but in hindsight who cares as long as the music is good? As it is here, with this very effective floorfiller that starts with a muted kick, hi-hat and snare then brings in the full kick. The track then builds with a pad, a funky-assed bassline and then the vocal, about wanting to get girls by putting out a record. There is a neat dramatic lead line, and other vocal loops, effects, risers and string lines in the breakdown. The track works on a few levels and should appeal to audiences and DJ alike, both for its tongue-in-cheek subject matter and just because it's a great house track. There's also a Radio Edit, which is a must for a track to cross over – and this one just might.

This is Tough Love's first release on Armada Subjekt, and one I suspect you'll be hearing quite a lot over the summer months. 

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 31 May



Review Score: 8




Tags: Tough Love, Marshall Jefferson, Armada Subjekt, house