2017 Aug 31     
2 Bit Thugs

Toronto's Sydney Blu and Dantiez join forces

A fine two-track funky house release here from Roger Sanchez’s UNDR the RADR label, with basslines to die for and the kind of super-sharp production that makes it a must-have release.

First up is Take It Back, which starts with a crisp kick and hi-hat which are soon joined by a male vocal sample, saying nothing in particular but adding to the rhythmic tightness. Then a few claps and an almightily solid funky bassline kick in, joined by female vocal samples, sirens and odd sounds and trust me, that is all you need.

The title track Inspirato has a similarly minimal approach, and features a sample of somebody speaking about underground dance music and another solid bassline with more evolved sounds - a jazzy sci-fi lead line, effects and longer risers. It has more to it than Take It Back but the bassline is less raw - for me it doesn't have quite the same impact but is good nonetheless.

What impresses me about both cuts is the simplicity of the ingredients. On paper they seem small, but they sound solid and visceral when all mixed together. If you have a penchant for funk-fuelled bass, as I have, you will get it completely as this is stripped down to its bones and sounds excellent for it! My favourite is Take It Back, as the bass leads you on a merry dance like the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 25 August



Review Score: 8




Tags: Sydney Blu, Dantiez, UNDR The RADR, Roger Sanchez, house