2017 May 24     
2 Bit Thugs

Tuff-but-deep techy house grooves are the order of the day on this collaborative EP for Crosstown Rebels

Something of a heavyweight line-up all round here, as Gruuv owners Audiojack team up with rising house producer Kevin Knapp, get Martin Buttrich in on remix duties and then whack the results out on powerhouse label Crosstown Rebels.

The original version of Implications itself is up first, opening with a beefy 4/4 kick and cavernous, echoing FX, then adding a rumbling, chugging and quite pacey bassline before the spoken vocal from Knapp ("Defying explanation/adjust expectation/void of all frustration/clear communication", etc) comes in. Said vocal drifts in and out of play a few times as the track progresses, there's the tiniest hint of acid in places and the filters come out later on, but that's essentially it: Implications is one of those deep, driving heads-down tech-housers that's probably best served just after peaktime, when the tourists have gone home and the real ravers are just settling in for the night.

Martin Buttrich's remix takes the track down a slightly more angular, techy path while chipmunk'ing the vocal and adding some "heys" and squelching synths, and there are more techy delights on 6EQUJ5, an otherworldly, bleepy cut with sampled Mission Control dialogue that has strange echoes of early Grid, and that - as any space/science nerds reading this will probably have already twigged - takes its name from the infamous 'Wow!' signal detected by astronomers in 1977 that continues to baffle science to this day. 

The latter two are both plenty playable, but it's the original of the title track that's the standout for yours truly.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 26 May



Review Score: 8




Tags: Audiojack, Kevin Knapp, Crosstown Rebels, Martin Buttrich, Gruuv