2018 Jan 28     
2 Bit Thugs

An international line-up of producers, vocalist and remixer join forces

Russian nu-disco producer Unclepasha returns to Nang for the first time since 2011's Grapevine EP, and it's an international affair, as he teams up with fellow Nang vet Loudery and vocalist OD Hunte, both of whom hail from the West Indies (The Bahamas and Trindidad) but are now based in London, with a remix from Slovenia's Sare Havlicek (another Nang stalwart) for good measure. There are four mixes of Shield Of Love on offer, with the Original and Havlicek's refix both accompanied by matching instrumentals.

In its Original form, the song begins with lolloping drums and a plainitive guitar part that makes me think of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game, though in truth the resemblance is fleeting and vague at best. Once an unhurried bass pulse joins the party, the geetar gets choppier and Hunte's near-falsetto vox (and it's a full vocal, BTW) kick in, the overall effect being somewhat similar to the likes of Recloose, Plantlife or Fat Freddy's Drop. Some lovely tinkling pia-pia-piano in there later on too. As for the remix, Havlicek's love of all things 80 and shimmering is well-known, and his take here adds some suitable analogue squelchy to bring out the track's inner Princey-ness.

This has a definite summery feel, so keep an eye out - it could just prove to the this year's slow-burn festival anthem.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 26 January



Review Score: 8




Tags: Unclepasha, Loudery, OD Hunte, Sare Havlicek, Nang Records, nu-disco, Balearic