2019 Jul 19     
2 Bit Thugs

The London-based label welcome two producers from Italy and Manchester

A split EP from Neverdogs' Bamboleo Records here, as the London-based label welcome Italy’s Manuel De Lorenzi and Manchester’s Calvin Clarke, who serve up four groove-infused cuts aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

De Lorenzi's Fun Like This gets the ball rolling, starting with a breakbeat and evolving steadily – via the addition of a kickdrum, snare fills, a funky bassline and ethnic percussion – into a real groover with quirky vocal samples and a simple synth riff that's bound to get the crowd throwing shapes. Then you have Paris Paris, which is also by De Lorenzi and starts with a developed percussive intro and adds scratch sounds and another killer funky bass lick. Synths are then added over the top, along with some other incidental samples, and you have another groovin’ mutha of a tune. 

The other two tracks are both by Clarke. Overdose begins with a rhythmic passage and drums and is quite subdued, yet still manages to sound pretty groovy with female vocal samples, solid bass and synth tones playing a catchy little riff. The final track, Thinking Out Loud, starts with a resounding thud of a kickdrum and an echoed male vocal sample, then brings in a slightly acidic bass note that's joined by an electro bassline and other idiosyncratic samples which, together, sound rather enticing. There's a nice summery piano part as well that adds emotion, and the EP is now complete and sounding sweet!

All four tracks could be the lead here, so I have no favourite and recommend the whole lot to you. It's also a digital and vinyl release, so it should do very well over the summer and onwards.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 19 July



Review Score: 8




Tags: Manuel De Lorenzi, Calvin Clarke, Bamboleo Records, Neverdogs, house