2017 Aug 05     
2 Bit Thugs

The EP comes on their own Heist Recordings imprint

Here, Lars Dale and Maarten Smeets serve up a three-track/four-mix EP on their own Heist Recordings label that will not only please their existing fans - a number in which this reviewer is happy to be counted - and might just win them some new ones, too.

For the EP's first two tracks, we're in familiar Detroit Swindle territory, a place that lies somewhere between the wonky boompty-jazz of Derrick Carter and the smooth disco stylings of Dave Lee. Can't Hold It opens with thudding, muted 4/4s and shakers, then loops up jazzy keys and brass on top, the former getting ker-razier as the track progresses, while Just Not Norma features the keyboard talents of Mark de Clive-Lowe but still sounds like nothing so much as the kind of tracky, cut-up disco-house shizzle that used to grace EP series like Anorak Trax and Summer Elements back in the mid-90s. Which is by no means a bad thing, by the way!

Track three, though, sees the duo venturing into more heavily electronic, almost Berlin-ish territory, though the surging bassline, tinkling top-end percussion and old-skool synth stabs lend Tamarindus hollandicus a musicality that's missing from a lot of tracks in such a vein. It's the remix from Willie Burns that's likely to get people talking though, simply because his dark, electro-influenced take is something we haven't heard from a record with Detroit Swindle's name on it before.

It's the latter rub that leads me to suggest this EP could find Detroit Swindle reaching some unexpected ears, but from a personal taste point of view Can't Hold It is the standout here, so they've chosen the lead track well!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 31 July



Review Score: 8




Tags: Detroit Swindle, Heist Recordings, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Willie Burns