2019 Dec 28     
2 Bit Thugs

Five up-and-coming artists make their debut on Carlo Gambino's label

Carlo Gambino's Midnight Social Recordings have just celebrated their eighth anniversary, a landmark which they'll be marking with a two-part retrospective EP next month. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, because before that there's this five-track EP, featuring five label debutantes…

Up first is the UK"s Felipe Kastegliano with Dancing Eyes, a chunky, midpaced deep house groove that has 'atmosphere' by the truckload, and that centres around a ponderous, techy synth line. That's followed by Papigo, a livelier, sprightlier cut (with a glitchy, minimal-leaning feel in places) from Franqy, who's originally from the UK but is now based in Greece. Next up to the plate is Cardiff boy Yogi P, who runs the club night Discotek and the festival Into The Woods. Both are known for showcasing deep tech and minimal house, so it's no surprise that that's exactly what you get on Physical

Onto the home straight now, with Londoner Jay Dynan (who's previously had releases on the likes of Unrivaled, Slightly OFF and Evasive Records) giving us What's Inside, a heads-down techy groove built for small hours action, before Mexico's Andy Peimbert plays us out with Sugar Beach, which is similar in MO to the rest of the EP, but just a tiny bit pacier and a little bit 'melodic' around the edges…

If you like your house stripped-back and made for darkened rooms at ungodly hours, this EP will be right up your street.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 27 December



Review Score: 8




Tags: Midnight Social Recordings, Carlo Gambino, Felipe Kastegliano, Franqy, Yogi P, Jay Dynan, Andy Peimbert, deep house, tech-house, deep tech, minimal