2019 Jan 27     
2 Bit Thugs

Not every record has to be an endlessly evolving compositional masterpiece, y'know…

Given the sheer amount of music released every week now, it's much harderfor a track to burst through that cuts across genre divides and finds its way onto all kinds of floors, especially without the back of a heavyweight label. So this bass-centric beast of a tune from Italian producer Blake (self-released under the PB Music banner) probably won't follow in the footsteps of, say, Da Funk or Doom's Night… which is a shame, because it's got exactly the same kind of struttin', bottom-heavy energy and attitude that made those records what they were.

Sitting somewhere between tech-house, bass music and techno, Katamaran is a remarkably simple affair. Take a tuff, no-nonsense 4/4 beat, then add some paranoia-inducing risers for some classic rave-y tension and top with two spoken vocal samples (a female one saying "but you try something and I'll... I'll rip your face off!" and a less frequent, male one saying "and all in thrilling, new living sound"). Underpin the lot with a weapons-grade big, squelchy bass riff and Bob's not just your uncle, he's your uncle who's currently gurning his face off in the middle of the dancefloor.

As it is such a simple tune, longevity may be an issue here, admittedly. But for now at least, this is a certified monster.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 25 January




Review Score: 8




Tags: Philippo Blake, PB Music, tech-house, tech house