2016 Feb 02     
2 Bit Thugs

Fodera's own productions feature heavily in a set that also takes in everyone from Roland Clarke to Eats Everything

Australian producer Sonny Fodera becomes the latest DJ to serve up an In The House collection for Defected, having released several singles on the label previously.

As is pretty much par for the In The House course, it's a three-disc affair, with the first two mixed and the third unmixed. CD1 opens with the blues-y roar of Gershon Jackson's Take It Easy, setting the tone for a mix that's long on vocals and big, booming basslines... and long, too, on Fodera's own productions and remixes. These make up more than half the tracklist, though there's space also for tracks and mixes by the likes of Eats Everything, Cajmere, Dale Howard, Catz 'N' Dogz and Will Clarke.

CD2 is a bit less heavy on Sonny's own work, but the overall mood and style are largely similar, though things do get a little tuffer towards the end. Artists featured include Mark Fanciulli, Tim Deluxe, Roland Clarke, Josh Butler, Claude VonStroke - and, er, Rudimental, with Sonny's piano-tastic rub of I Will For Love undoubtedly the album's biggest surprise. His excellent Deep Mix of Janet Rushmore's classic Joy also deserves a special shout.

Finally, CD3 features nine of Sonny's own productions, plus three remixes for GotSome, Harrison Crump and NiCe7 - though as they're different tracks from those used in the mix and the promo didn't include the third CD, there's not a lot we can tell you about that one!

All told though, with a thoroughly contemporary take on classic house sounds, this collection is a strong addition to the In The House series, and serves to demonstrate just why Fodera has come such a long way in such a short time.


Review Score: 8




Tags: Mark Fanciulli, Tim Deluxe, Roland Clarke, Josh Butler, Claude VonStroke, Janet Rushmore, Sonny Fodera, Defected, In the House, Harrison Crump, NiCe7, Eats Everything, Cajmere, Dale Howard, Catz 'N' Dogz