2016 May 05     
2 Bit Thugs

Kenny Dope and Todd Terry team up for a summer anthem-in-waiting

If you're looking for the summer's must-have vocal anthems then start right here, as Kenny Dope recruits R&B vocalist Lee Wilson (plus his old mate Todd Terry) for a thoroughly now-sounding house cut you'll almost certainly be hearing a lot in the next few months.

Five mixes to choose from. Kenny's original/radio mix is a stripped-back affair that starts out with warm synth-bass, fragile piano notes, handclaps and Wilson's looped one-line R&B vocal ("I... just wanna turn you up"), before busting out into distinctly mid-90s-sounding drums and organs. The Kenny Dope & Todd Terry Remix has tuffer drums and a more driving, heads-down feel, with moody synths maintaining interest at the top end. Kelvin Sylvester blends acid, disco and classic garage influences on his remix (my personal pick), and then Messrs Gonzelez and Terry come with a brace of dubs: the dirty, stripped n' tribal O'Gutta Dub and the throbbing, synth-droning Brooklyn Bridge Dubb.

Reminiscent of 90s vocal classics like Lidell Townsell & MTF's Get With U but with a far more contemporary feel, Turn You Up might need hearing a couple of times before it really sinks in, but the tunes that last usually do. And this one's going nowhere for a while, trust.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 4 May


Review Score: 9




Tags: Kenny Dope, Dopewax, Todd Terry, Lee Wilson, Kelvin Sylvester