2019 Oct 20     
2 Bit Thugs

London's Alan Dixon comes to Tensnake's label with two retro-inspired house jams

With releases already under his belt for the likes of Glitterbox, Midnight Riot and Running Back, London producer Alan Dixon comes to Tensnake's True Romance label with two retro-inspired housers here.

Motel 4000 itself is up first, announcing its intentions from the get-go with a BIG disco stab and simple, lolloping 4/4s and shakers. The throbbing, Moroder-esque bass synth then introduces itself, topped by some more sci-fi-esque synth doodles and then, as the track progresses, stabby chords that give the track a surging, pulsing energy redolent of early 90s Italo-house. Dixon then cashes that cheque as he brings in the pianos: first in the form of some warm, powerful chords and then in proper full-on hands-in-the-air, back-to-92 mode… and once you get there, it's game over! On the flip, Patootie Tootie has more 90s pianos, but here they're married to a squelchy electrofunk bassline and some very 80s-sounding synth stabs.

 The title track nudges it over Patootie Tootie for me, but both cuts are very playable, have dancefloor energy in spades and will likely raise a few nostalgic smiles to boot.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 18 October



Review Score: 8




Tags: Alan Dixon, True Romance, Tensnake, house, piano house