2016 Dec 10     
2 Bit Thugs

Adam Curtain's new label come up with the bumpin' goods on what is only their second release

What we have here is only the second release from UK producer Adam Curtain's fledgling Trouble Maker Records, and fittingly for a record coming out just before Christmas, it's a cracker! (Sorry, I promise that's the only godawful Xmas pun you'll read on iDJ today).

While the lead track here is Give It To Me itself, it's actually Abba Acid that I'm feeling the most. Nothing to do with the blonde, harmonising Swedish pop gods, Abba Acid instead starts with crisp, no-nonsense house beats that lead into a radio announcer-style spoken word intro that owes a heavy debt on inspiration to (though isn't sampled from) Parliament's classic P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up). After that, the big, chugging bassline drops and it's pretty much game over - asses will be shaken, and indeed stirred!

Elsewhere on the EP, Jamie Trench supplies a less immediate/obvious (delete according to taste) rub of Abba Acid that swaps out the fat-ass bassline for something more understated and jazzy, ditching the 'radio DJ' vocal and bringing intricate beats to the fore instead, while Give It To Me itself is another bass-driven affair but in a moodier, slightly techier kinda way, with whispered "need your love" male vox and ominous sirens. Both are eminently playable, but it's Abba Acid that takes the gold for me.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 9 December



Review Score: 8




Tags: Jozif, Trouble Maker, Adam Curtain, Jamie Trench, deep house, tech house, tech-house