2019 Aug 31     
2 Bit Thugs

The young Manc producer evidences a deep understanding of house music history with this retro-flavoured release

After picking up support from the likes of Roger Sanchez, Marco Carola, Riva Starr and Horse Meat Disco, Manchester's Josh Hussaney delivers Nostalgia on Foreign Language Records,with remixes from K-Klass and Double U affiliate Dylan Forbes.

As the title suggests, this release pays homage to the house sound of days gone by. The Original Mix is up first, opening with a classic-sounding breakbeat before introducing the jangly piano riff and then female vocals in a diva-esque style – all par for the course back in the day. There are pads and other atmospherics in play and, apart for a snazzy filter sweep, it has a really organic sound.

The first remix is by old school masters K-Klass. Though their own productions have always moved with the times, here they've pulled off a top-quality throwback of a mix, with 303s, old school strings, fast claps and authentic snare fills. For me this is the winner out of the three mixes – there are just so many aural references to past glories.

Finally you get Dylan Forbes' remix, and he too has done a great job, with a diva-ish moan to announce the start of proceedings, a cut-up breakbeat intro and another great piano sound that's layered with lush synth pads and a one-note bassline. It has real presence and the breakdowns are pure blissed-out house magic.

Sadly, house music will probably never be the same as it was in its heyday: you really had to be there to understand the optimism it brought to a country that had just come through some very dark times. But there are some great references to that era in this release, and for that I applaud it. 

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 30 August


Review Score: 8




Tags: Josh Hussaney, K-Klass, Dylan Forbes, Foreign Language Records, house