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