Features tracks from Rich Wakley, Raffa FL, Atove, Chiqito and more
Following on from The Hype Vol 1 last September, Welsh label Criminal Hype serve up a second selection of fresh cuts here.
There are 10 tracks in all, with tough, chunky, bass-y house and tech-house the order of the day generally. Rich Wakley's Vault 101, with its dark, rumbling bassline and blues-y male vocal snips, is one highlight for this reviewer, not least for its cheeky use of an ancient Motiv-8/49'ers vocal sample. Another very famililar vocal sample ("I think it's time to make the floor burn") makes its presence felt on A Lister's funky-assed tech-house roller Time. Elsewhere, Jekyll (UK)'s Up North is a smoother house jam, albeit still one that packs plenty of energy, Raffa FL's driving How We Do goes straight for the peaktime jugular with its monstrous reverberating synth hook and "this - is - how - we - do" rap-like vocal, Chiqito's Thug is all about the fat, ass-shakin' b-line, and... well, you get the general idea.
If peaktime house grooves, techy enough to work in the current climate but with a few nods to the old school thrown in, sound like your idea of a good time then you need to check out this latest offering from the Neath crew, 'nuff said!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 13 June
Review Score: 8