2017 Jun 17     
2 Bit Thugs

An atypical release from Strictly Rhythm, but check those strings!

When we spoke to Danism last summer, Dan Smith told us how new member Train - racing driver by day, ardent clubber by night - had added a new layer to their sound with his love of Berlin-style house. That's something that's readily apparent on this latest single, which - in promo form, at least - comes in just the one mix.

Opening with solid but muted kicks and ominous chords, Hatch is the kind of ever-evolving instrumental affair that wouldn't sound out of place on a label like Diynamic, Systematic or Poker Flat. What's winning this reviewer over, though, are the sweeping Detroitian strings that emerge out of the ether at around the one-minute mark, and then seldom let up for the rest of the track's seven-and-a-half-minute duration.

Equally well-suited for warm-up play or as an end-of-night anthem, expect to be hearing Hatch a fair bit this summer.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 16 June


Review Score: 8




Tags: Danism, Danism & Train, Dan Gresham, Nu:Tone, Dan Smith, Liquid People, Strictly Rhythm