2017 Dec 16     
2 Bit Thugs

Label boss David Keno teams up with fellow Berlin residents Dalson to mark the occasion

Keno Records reaches its 50th release, and to celebrate David Keno joins forces with Berlin-based production duo Dalson to bring you two slamming tech-house cuts.

The first track is We Got Our Own, which starts with a thudding kick and and simple, acidic bass riff that are soon joined by a closed hi-hat, a clap and the bassline. The sampled vocal has a voice saying, "Sisters and brothers, we got our own bass, we got our own song, we got our own music" over crowd noise. This sample is chopped into two separate parts and is looped and played throughout the track to great effect. There are also bleeps, and a breakdown of sorts, but it's really all about that soulful urban chant.

The second track, Dynamite, has a funky, ‘on the one’ backbeat, which is quite apt as the track samples the godfather of soul himself, James Brown, and loosely mimics one of his tracks but with modern instrumentation like bleeps, electro claps, scratch samples and a tight, punchy bassline . There is a sample of a news report and interview about his incarceration for trying to kill his wife, and this is sprinkled with Brown’s trademark chants like "I feel good".

For me this a no-brainer - I love James Brown so Dynamite is my favourite. But both tracks are really well thought-out and produced, and both will be getting a hammering from me for the foreseeable future!

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 14 December



Review Score: 9




Tags: David Keno, Keno Records, Dalson, tech house, tech-house, James Brown