2019 Jan 06     
2 Bit Thugs

Three Italians serve up two proper stompers that come topped with some very familiar vocals…

One complaint you're highly unlikely to hear right now is "I wanted some strutty, attitude-y, peak-time tech-house, and I just can't find any"! However, this two-tracker from Zoo Lab lifts itself a head above the herd through the judicious application of some nostalgic vocal bites.

In the case of the title track, you've probably guessed the particular vocal in question already - and you'd be right, as Corcella and rising young duo Oxlade top their beefy, bassy tech-house groove with sizeable chunks of Loleatta Holloway's Love Sensation. It's a sample that's been used so many times you'd almost expect it not to work, but pairing it with a second spoken male "I'm not moving at you" (??) vocal puts a fresh twist on things, resulting in a cut that might not be particularly innovative or ground-breaking, but that will move bodies on dancefloors for sure.

But while Sensation is plenty playable, it's really the B-side Many Time that's earned this its place here. For this one, the Italian trio have dug just a little deeper in search of a vocal and come up clutching equally sizeable chunks of Sweet Pussy Pauline's 1997 bitch-house classic Work This Pussy, spreading said gloriously sweary, brash diatribe all over another tech-houser that's built to encourage the throwing of shapes on peaktime floors.

To steal a phrase that's as old as the Sweet Pussy Pauline record: this EP isn't from Detroit... and it's not intelligent... but it is f***ing 'avin' it.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 5 January



Review Score: 8




Tags: Marco Corcella, Oxlade, Zoo Lab, tech house, tech-house, Sweet Pussy Pauline, Candy J, Loleatta Holloway