2017 May 28     
2 Bit Thugs

Instead of jelly and ice cream they're serving up 20 deep and tech house treats

Over the past three years, Oscar Barila's Cyanide Records have been quietly building an underground reputation for themselves, delivering a stream of deep and tech house goodness from their HQ in Valencia, Spain. Now, for the benefit of anyone who wasn't paying attention, they collate 20 of the best of those releases into one bumper third birthday package, and the results are really very pleasing indeed.

With 20 tracks on offer, there's no room here to go into each individual cut in detail. Suffice to say that the collection as a whole sits right on the deep/tech house cusp, but with an old-fashioned approach to both genres - which is to say that cold, clinical Berlin vibes are kept to a minimum and the overall feel is warm, dubby and sensual. There's the odd excursion into deep prog territory (see, for instance, Moon Rabbit's two contributions Luna and Pluto), there are jazz-, lounge- and Latin-tinged moments (see Robot Needs Oil's Coco The Cat, Sinan Kaya's Drive To Paradise or Ugur Project's Leave Your Life, which uses the same MLK sample as DJ Rush's 1995 Relief classic But It Really Doesn't Matter With Me Now), there are nods to vintage Chi-town deepness (see Cesar Del Rio & & Tatsu's Trinity). And then there's Andy Bach's stunning 3am groover The Deep, which is worth the price of admission on its own!

All told, this is a great showcase for a fast-rising label. With further cuts coming from well-respected underground names such as Analog Trip, Off Sides, Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax and Tuneon, it's well worth investigating for yourself.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 26 May



Review Score: 9




Tags: Cyanide Records, Valencia, Oscar Barila, Moon Rabbit, Robot Needs Oil, Sinan Kaya, Ugur Project, Cesar Del Rio & Tatsu, Andy Bach, Analog Trip, Off Sides, Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax, Tuneon