2016 Nov 10     
2 Bit Thugs

Remixes come from Neil Parkes and Fancy Inc

Welsh label Criminal Hype come up with the house goods once more on this EP that features two original tracks, plus a remix apiece.

First out of the gate is Dodgy, which in its original form sits right on the cusp between tech-house and just straight-up house. It's bassy and chunky enough, with just a hint of wobble bass, that it'll satisfy younger floors, but some lovely delicate keys and the odd diva wail ensure it'll appeal to more, ahem, 'time-served' househeads too. Neil Parkes' accompanying remix then strips it down, toning down the bottom-end and bringing to the fore intricate percussion for the tech/tribal massive.

Then you have Keep Burning, which gives the EP title. I'm in a bit of a bind here, because the full female vocal here is so good it just has to be sampled, but I couldn't tell you where from and Googling the lyric isn't helping either! It could be Paris Grey, maybe? Alternatively, it could be some unknown Welsh lass who's currently working in a chip shop, in which case someone needs to sign her up immediately! Again there are two mixes to choose from: take your pick from an intense, sultry original or a more brazen and strutty refix from Fancy Inc.

All told, it's a set of surefire floor-movers for which no hype is required - criminal or otherwise!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 7 November



Review Score: 9




Tags: Piem, Yamil, Criminal Hype, Fancy Inc, Neil Parkes