2016 Nov 18     
2 Bit Thugs

A heavyweight foursome deliver the house goods, though more mixes wouldn't have hurt

Tough Love pull off something of a coup here, hitching their wagon to that of not one but two much more established names. Roger Sanchez, with whom the duo previously collaborated on In The Name Of Love last year, lends his talents behind the board, while vocal duties are taken care of by no less a personage than bona fide pop legend Boy George.

Musically you're looking at a very polished contemporary houser, heavy on the bass and with the slick production values you'd expect, given that there are two Grammy winners onboard. No wheels are being reinvented here, no paradigms are shifting, but Hold On will keep 'em moving on the floor without a doubt. What's most surprising about it is George's vocal - not sure whether it's the delivery, the treatment or both but I must admit, I probably wouldn't have realised who it was if it didn't say.

It's also a bit surprising, given the heavy-hitting names on board, that Twisted have opted to go down the single-track route with this one. More mixes would surely have helped the track reach a wider range of floors, but maybe they're saving those for a follow-up release?

Even on its own, though, Hold On is a solid bet, particularly for those playing to larger/younger floors.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 18 November



Review Score: 8




Tags: Tough Love, Roger Sanchez, Boy George, Get Twisted