2018 Jan 03     
2 Bit Thugs

Spanish producer Eugenio Tokarov is the man at the controls

This single-track hard trance release isn't for the faint-hearted: it has a hard yet melodic sound and a take-no-prisoners attitude.

It starts with a muted kickdrum and a sidechained pad sound. Then the full kick comes in, a real thumper that's joined by subtle synths, acidic burbling, a simple bassline and various noises that fit nicely with the driving feel and take you up to the obligatory breakdown. The breakdown can often make or break a trance track, and luckily in this case it's a belter! There are echoed voices of people making merry, a big synth riff, swirling pads, and a snare roll that ushers back in the main melody, which is quite charming and subtle for a hard trance tune. It all goes together like a well-oiled machine and as the track peters out with a kick and a clap it leaves you wanting more, which is always a good sign. It never drags and the production and mastering are of the highest quality, as are the sounds used in its production.

There's a lot of good trance out there right now, so sticking out from the pack is important. Infestation does just that, and I for one can’t wait to give it a good hammering over the coming months.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 8 January


Review Score: 8




Tags: The Avains, Eugenio Tokarov, Discover Records, Discover Digital, trance, hard trance