2015 Dec 18     
2 Bit Thugs

The classic jacking Chicago house sound revisited - and updated - with the help of some big-name collaborators

Coming on the very aptly named new label We Jack, what we have here is the debut album from the slightly mysterious Gettoblaster, who are a "house and techno duo with roots from Chicago and Detroit," according to their Soundcloud page, and that's about as much as we can tell you.

No matter - their adoption of such a faceless persona well befits their sound, which harks back unashamedly to the earliest, rawest days of Chi-town house. But while Diamonds & Palm Trees will without doubt appeal to fans of other revivalist outfits such as Snuff Crew, this is more than a simple collection of homage tracks, for two reasons.

Firstly, there's the small matter of who else is on the album apart from Gettoblaster themselves: try Steve 'Silk' Hurley, Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk, Bad Boy Will, DJ Deeon and Robert Armani on for size! Secondly, Diamonds & Palm Trees is by no means stuck in the past: the second half of the album, in particular, is rooted as much in ghetto-tech and footwork as it is in first-generation house, filthy lyrics and all.

To ensure maximum impact, serve in dark basements at ungodly hours.


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Tags: Steve 'Silk' Hurley, Farley 'Jackmaster' Funk, Bad Boy Will, DJ Deeon, Gettoblaster, Robert Armani, acid house, jacking house, Chicago