2016 Oct 26     
2 Bit Thugs

Label boss Nonfiction supplies the obligatory remix, but it's the Instrumental that's floating our Danny's boat...

This tech-house release comes with four mixes: the Original, a rework by Nonfiction, an Instrumental and an Acapella that will certainly have its uses.

First up is the Original Mix, a tribal-type track with percussive loops, a funky bassline and male spoken vocals, with the latter run through a vocoder every now and then to good effect. Next comes the Nonfiction Remix, which slows the pace and works on building an ambience with guitar samples, swung percussion and the vocal run over the backbeat. There are also radio interference samples in the background that work a treat.

Thirdly you get the Instrumental, which for me works better than the Original. Everything seems to have its own place in the mix, making the whole track seem less frantic and more focused, with a punchy bassline, acidic noises and the vocal cut-up into stabs which now play a rhythmic role. Finally you have the Acapella, which is great because you can run it with the Original and get some great effects as the vocals phase each other in and out - always good old school fun!

What I like most about this release is the fact that the Instrumental and and Original sound so different, when essentially they are the same track! It just goes to show how a vocal can make or break a track - in this case, in my humble opinion, it's 'break'. That's not to say I don’t like the release, though, and I can see the both Nonfiction Remix and the Instrumental making their way into many of my sets over the coming winter months.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 18 November


Review Score: 8




Tags: Brett Johnson, J.A.M.O.N, UDM Records, Nonfiction, tech house, tech-house