2019 Jun 17     
2 Bit Thugs

The musicianship on display here impresses Danny Slade

An interesting release here, from Portuguese producer Moullinex, that we're told developed over time from the original idea – a straight-up house track inspired by the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem – into 11:24 of funky jazzy goodness featuring a five-piece live band.

The instrumental mix is up first. It starts with a hi-hat, then adds a funky bassline, before the kickdrum comes in and the track starts to really sing, with an added keyboard riff and eventually an electric piano, sax and a funky flute lick. The tracks's essentially a blissed-out, freeform jazz-junk workout, so I don’t think I'd get away with playing it in a house club, but it's certainly a fine piece of music that warrants plays on more specialist floors. The other mix features a vocal from Dani Zinni, and is a different proposition altogether. For me the anti-Brexit vocal is just too divisive, whatever my personal views, when surely dance music is supposed to be about bringing people together?

So I'd advise sticking to the instrumental, but this is a fine release all the same – the quality of the musicianship on display is a wonder in itself.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 14 June



Review Score: 7




Tags: Moullinex, Discotexas, jazz-funk, electro