2017 Apr 18     
2 Bit Thugs

Three tracks make up an EP that blends classic and current house tropes

Having previously collaborated on Williams' Sodality Vol 2 EP and then The Point EP for Strictly Rhythm, new school UK house/garage don T Williams and rising London producer James Jacob join forces once more to produce this very fine three-tracker for Kerri Chandler's Madhouse Records.

The Strictly EP showed that the two contemporary producers have a firm grasp of classic house stylings - evoking in particular the rawer side of mid-90s New York -  and with that also the case here, it's fitting the EP's found a home on an equally illustrious label. Together marries raw 4/4s and a beefy but not in-your-face bassline with garage-y keys and synthesized brass. I've Been Thinking has pacier drums, no-nonsense bass that drives the whole thing along, an off-kilter synth loop and fragile, R&B-ish fem vox, and is redolent of the classier/housier end of the late 90s UKG spectrum, while finally Work is an energetic, bass-y bouncer that'll probably be the pick for younger floors.

The pairing of newcomer Jacobs with Williams, who's been around for a decade or so now, with veteran Kerri at the label helm, means you've almost got three generations of house talent on one slab of vinyl. The blend of contemporary and classic stylings found on the EP is testament to the fact that that's A Very Good Thing.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 21 April


Review Score: 9




Tags: T Williams, James Jacobs, Madhouse, Strictly Rhythm, Kerri Chandler