2018 Jul 19     
2 Bit Thugs

The EP is the 30th release from French label U-Man Records

Okay, so we're a little bit late on this one - it got a full release last Friday, after a month-long promo run on Traxsource. But if it's smooth, well-crafted deep house vibes you're after, you won't be disappointed with this EP.

Five mixes of Give Me Five itself make up the EP. The Original opens with some gorgeous delicate keys, reminiscent to these old ears of vintage deep Jersey garage from the likes of Strobe Records, then builds into a lightly disco-fried deep house groover in which snatches of sampled, spoken male vocal vie for the attention with echoed diva snips while a surprisingly hefty, buzzy bassline rumbles away below and subtle-y applied geetar licks and disco stabs do their thang somewhere in-between. The B&S Concept Remix is a little pacier and more stripped-back, letting a different, jazzy piano riff and the male vox take centre-stage. CEV's Remix is arguably the most accessible of the four, with rock-solid 4/4s, more euphoric-sounding pianos this time and - most importantly - cheeky snatches of the classic Bad Habit vocal, while finally the Will Wee U-Man Remix (labelled Deeper Remix on the player below, for some reason) takes a more sumptuous, 'afternoon in Ibiza' approach, with added hand percussion, warm chords and an extended breakdown in the middle.

Very classy stuff all round.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 13 July



Review Score: 9




Tags: WillowMan, U-Man Records, deep house, garage