2016 Mar 11     
2 Bit Thugs

Features tracks from Max Chapman, Hauswerks, Mirco Caruso and a host of more up-and-coming names

Another year, another round of Miami samplers and compilations. But you can usually rely on MadTech's offering to be a cut above the rest, and they don't disappoint here.

Given MadTech's standing, they could easily have crammed this collection full of big names; instead, they've taken the oppportunity to showcase more up-and-coming talent. So while names like Max Chapman, Hauswerks, Mirco Caruso, Di Chiara Brothers and Rich Wakley should be familiar to any house lover who's been paying attention, many of the other producers featured won't be. That matters not one jot, though, because the quality meter seldom if ever dips here.

True, if you're not already smitten by MadTech's particular take on underground tech-house, then this probably won't be the album to change your mind, being essentially a no-frills set of club bangers built for moving bodies on dancefloors, pure and simple. If are a fan of the label, though, then this is pretty much unmissable, with Vidaloca's acid-tinged NY City, the G-house strut of Di Chiara Brothers' Game Over and Timmy P & James Dexter's deeper, housier Boxed particular highlights for this reviewer.

“MadTech Records had yet another incredible year in 2015,” says the hype sheet. On this evidence, 2016's going to be even better.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 11 March (Beatport) / 25 March (general releaase)



Review Score: 9




Tags: house, tech house, tech-house, MadTech, Miami 2016, Max Chapman, Hauswerks, Mirco Caruso, Di Chiara Brother, Rich Wakley, Vidaloca, Timmy P, James Dexter