2018 Jan 28     
2 Bit Thugs

The Hamburg-based duo come to UK label New Violence Records

The irrepressible Piemont duo release another great EP which features two original tech cuts, plus a remix of the title track by Dorian Craft.

First up is the Original Mix of Daybreak, which gets straight to the point with a solid percussive backbeat that's quickly joined by a peppy, funky bassline, synth sweeps and an eerie pad sound, taking you up to a mini-breakdown and the addition of more musical elements to fatten the track out even more. There's a moaned male vocal line and synth stabs, and the whole track just makes you want to move your feet.

The Dorian Craft Remix starts with bleeps, a muted kick and shakers that take you to the groove more slowly than the original. This version has a certain coolness to it, and a much more laidback feel; there's a different synth riff, and the vocal chants are used again to good effect. It all sounds more subdued but still in a danceable format. And then finally you have Bound Up, which kicks off with a piano stab and a mesmerising percussive loop, joined by male and female vocals, congas and a keyboard riff which gives it a jazzy feel. In the breakdown, lush pads are in play and a snare roll ushers the track back in in a very slick and profound way.

The two original productions find the most favour with me and my dancing feet, but all three cuts are extremely well put together and produced, making this release a compelling listen.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 22 January



Review Score: 8




Tags: Piemont, New Violence Records, Dorian Craft, tech house, tech-house