2020 Nov 14     
2 Bit Thugs

The fourth-ever release from Vito Fattore's Black Box Records

What we have here is the fourth release in as many years from Black Box Records, the house label set up by Italian producer Vito Fattore in 2016, and it's a four-track V/A affair.

Up first is Ruff Stuff, another Italian producer who's now based in Berlin. His Son Of Will has a very New York/New Jersey-ish feel, with a surging organ/synth riff front and centre which it underpins with quite pacey house beats and tops with a looping (and indecipherable) female vocal fragment. Fellow countrymen Floska then step up with Get Up And Dance, a far mellower deep house groove with Detroit-y strings and a spoken female "if you want to dance, now's the time… get up" vocal.

Flip it, and label boss Fattore brings us Miami Alive, which marries crisp, no-nonsense 4/4s and a big fat gnarly bassline to dreamy deep house pads, to create a five-minute masterclass in keeping locked-on floors moving. And then finally there's DJ GLC's Suspense, which sits rather oddly with the rest of the EP as it leans more towards electro and breaks than straight-up house. 

Miami Alive is the one for me here, with Get Up And Dance a close second.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 11 November



Review Score: 7




Tags: Black Box Records, Vito Fattore, Ruff Stuff, DJ GLC, Floska, house, techno