2017 Mar 11     
2 Bit Thugs

Two certified slammers from the Italian duo that should rock all kinds of floors

Note to future time-travellers: listen to the chatter around you. If someone's talking about how there's too much formulaic tech-house around right now, there's a very good chance you've landed in the 2010s - it's one of this decade's biggest clichés. But clichés generally become clichés because they're at least partly true, of course... so thank God for EPs like this one, which is certainly tech-house but, equally certainly, not formulaic at all. 

Sure, the usual elements are there: tuff, slammin' 4/4s, big chunky bassline, crisp hi-hats, yada yada yada. But unlike much of the bmm-tsh-bmm-tsh filler that's around right now, there's more to this, than just that. The title cut starts out soundiing like ANOther generic tech-houser, but surprises at around the 1:15 mark by introducing some distinctly garage-y piano chords, then just as you're getting your head around that, intersperses the 4/4s with breakbeats and James Brown-like "huh" shouts, which are soon joined by a second, cut-up male voice saying "understand, un-un-un-understand" and some female wails that have, again, quite a garage-y, disco-y kinda feel.

It's a veritable smorgasbord of a track, So Understand, and b-side Sunday doesn't lag far behind. It's a slightly more typical tech-house jam, but rocks a similar combo of straight-up tech-house stompery and sampled diva vox to the A, making for another cut that'll rock house floors of many persuasions.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 6 March


Review Score: 8




Tags: Sousa Label, Hoffman & Kriket, tech house, tech-house