2017 Jan 02     
2 Bit Thugs

The Junior Boys Own legend serves up some acidic, techy house grooves for LA's Bonanza Records

UK house veteran Terry Farley comes to fledgling LA label Bonanza Records here.

Despite the title, Die 4 U is instantly recognisable by its "lie for me, cry for me, die for me" chorus. Farley's Original Mix is up first, treading a fine line between contemporary tech and vintage acid with its throbbing bass and 909 hits. Alkalino's remix doesn't flip the script too much, but errs perhaps a little more to the acid side of the equation.

The other two remixes take a few more (very welcome) liberties with the original's blueprint. Nico De Ceglia and Horse Meat Disco's Severino - both occasional A&R helpmeets for the label - team up on a dark, groovy take that blends elements of acid and disco, but my personal favourite rub comes from Handzoff, aka label boss Leonardo Abbate, who uses the vocal more sparingly on his more driving, heads-down-at-3am refix.

Good stuff, but then with one of the founding fathers of the UK house scene involved, what else did you expect?

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: Out now




Review Score: 8




Tags: Terry Farley, Bonanza Records, Handzoff, Alkalino, Nico De Ceglia, Severino, acid house, tech house, tech-house