2020 Dec 15     
2 Bit Thugs

The EP features four unreleased gems from The Rurals' vaults

Andy Compton's Peng Records serve up an EP featuring four tracks from the label's vaults that were recorded back in the mid-90s but never released.

Of course, The Rurals/Peng sound has changed a lot in the 25 or so years since then. Latterly, the label's best known for its Afro-house output (and indeed sub-label Peng Africa); before that, there were a few years where they put house to one side and focused mainly on straight-up soul/R&B. But whichever way the tree may have grown, The Rurals' roots lie firmly in deep house – as this collection shows.

The EP opens with Glasgow Nights, a track that was apparently scheduled to be the first-ever Rurals release (this being several years before Peng was set up) but then got shelved when the label in question went bump. File under floor-friendly deep house in the classic mode. Then comes Flyer1 – "a deep funk banger" according to the hype sheet, 8m30s of non-cheesy discofied deepness centred around a surging synth loop and trumpet parps according to yours truly! Next is Insectacide, which sits right on the US garage/deep house cusp and bites chunks of Circuit's classic Shelter Me by way of a vocal, before the EP's closed out by The Solution, a more late-night affair with a spoken male vocal saying "before we can find the solution, we must understand the problem".

Insectacide is the standout for me here, with Flyer1 not far behind.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 11 December



Review Score: 8




Tags: The Rurals, Andy Compton, Peng, deep house,