2017 Oct 06     
2 Bit Thugs

Three originals from Sooney, while Ekai and AJ Christou supply the remixes

This five-track EP on the ever-popular Elrow Music features three original tracks plus two remixes. The general direction is tech-house, but with old school electro influences and some hardcore attitude thrown in for good measure.

The EP comes from UK producer Sooney, who has a background in the house, hardcore and jungle scenes, and these influences can be clearly heard in the tracks. The title track features a newsreader or TV presenter saying "my very first kandi flip” as the main hook, and starts with a breakbeat intro which leads to the vocal sample, then goes all trippy with some really warped noises that sound great. Next up are the original mixes of How Ya Feeling and Clap Your Hands, and both have old school leanings. With an MC sample in How Ya Feeling plus rave-esque noises and more breakbeats in Clap Your Hands, there's an atmospheric feel reminiscent of old school jungle, with a simple bass lead and shuffling percussion as well.

The first remix is the Ekai Remix of How Ya Feeling, which takes it in a more tech-house direction with some electro sounds in play, and finally you have the AJ Christou Remix of Clap Your Hands, which sticks the vocal sample through a vocoder and adds rave stabs and pinging percussive sounds.

You get a lot of bang for your buck with this release, and all of the tracks are well worth checking out. It's great how rave DNA survives in them - it sets them apart from the rest, which is always a good thing in my book!

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 2 October



Review Score: 8




Tags: Sooney, Elrow Music, Ekai, AJ Christou, tech house, tech-house, rave, electro