2021 Feb 01     
2 Bit Thugs

Veliky Novgorod-based Vasily Umanets comes to Oscar Barlia's label

Hailing from Veliky Novgorod in Russia, Vasily Umanets has chalked up releases on many of the world's leading deep house labels over the past decade, including the likes of UM Records, Deep Clicks, Batavia, Sound Vessel and Plastic People. And now he adds another well-respected name to that list, with tthe release of this two-tracker on Oscar Barila's Cyanide imprint. 

There are just the two mixes of Discomlexation to choose from. In its Original form, it's a female-vocalled affair that'd work on deep and soulful house floors alike, and that centres around a keys riff which nags away throughout, augmented by sax parps, brass salvos, pads and risers, and underpinned by a suitably fat n' squelchy bassline. The accompanying Moa Bay Remix doesn't flip the script too dramatically: instead, the rising British producer simply smooths things out a little, toning down the shriller elements at the top end and leaving us with something a little deeper and groovier.

In fact, Moa Bay's Remix takes the gold for me – but the A's still very playable, and probably the pick for more vocal-oriented floors.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 5 February



Review Score: 8




Tags: Vasily Umanets, Cyanide, Oscar Barila, deep house, Moa Bay