2018 Jul 01     
2 Bit Thugs

Gonzales supplies two originals, while remixes come from Stelios Vassiloudis and Sous Sol

A fine four-track EP from Germany's Philipp Gonzales that you can file under deep house, tech-house or just plain house as you see fit - it's a winner whichever way you spin it!

Make It Last itself is up first, opening with straight-ahead 4/4s and hi-hats before slowly fading in a bassline that could get the booties of the dead shaking. As the track progresses there are various stabs and FX to add interest, but don't expect peaktime drama here - this is an eyes-down cut made for small-hours grooving on the underground floors. Swiss duo Sous Sol then take care of remix duties, delivering a slightly more prog-tinged pass with a bouncier, less slinky bassline, a midsection breakdown and some delicate synthwork at the top end.

The second original Who Is Who follows a similar blueprint to the title track, being another quite driving cut with jaunty, lolloping percussion and one fat-ass bubbler of a bassline. A mini-breakdown around a minute in ushers in various synth and FX but again it's really all about the groove here - a fact that's recognised by Stelios Vassiloudis on his deeper, dubbier refix, wherein he ditches most of the latter but adds some subtle strings and aquatic sounds of his own. 

Gonzales's originals would be the go-to's for me here, but the remixes should help take it to a wider range of floors... which of course is a remix's job! Quality fare all round.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 25 June



Review Score: 8




Tags: Philipp Gonzales, Bondage Music, Sous Sol, Stelios Vassiloudis