2021 Apr 13     
2 Bit Thugs

The Swiss label return after a short absence with a three-tracker from the label boss

Swiss label Vibes And Grooves have been a little quiet of late but they return with a three-tracker from label boss Kurt Spichiger, better known as Shaka, that'll delight fans of the label's trademark ultra-jazzy style.

From Distance To Common itself is up first, opening as a simple deep house groove atop which sits a nagging two-note electric piano riff. The same instrument then lets rip to become the track's lead line, getting ever more frenetic as it goes on while more synth-like sounds join in. Answer To Destructive Forces comes next and has.a very similar MO, but rides a more straightforward 4/4 rhythm and as such may be a slightly better bet for floor play. The EP's then completed by Green Zone, a lower-paced affair with soul/gospel overtones. 

Harking back more to the jazz-funk/jazz-fusion of the late 70s than to the 50s and 60s beatnik jazz on which house producers normally draw for inspiration, if you like our house on the jazzual side this is one to check for sure.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 12 April



Review Score: 8




Tags: Shaka, Vibes And Grooves, Kurt Spichiger, jazz house, deep house