2018 Aug 20     
2 Bit Thugs

Young Midlands-based producer Tommy Vercetti impresses Danny Slade with his production skills

Rising UK talent Tommy Vercetti makes his first appearance on Origins Rcrds to deliver two tracks, Beaux and Freedom, with label boss Josh Butler stepping up to deliver a stunning edit of the former.

First up is Tommy’s original mix of Beaux, which starts with swung drums, a kick and an almost ambient pad sound that builds in volume until the arrival of vocal stabs and a funky bassline that works well with the percussion to form a solid backbeat. There are male spoken vocals and breathy female moans and laughter, and the track is a chugger that would work well early on in a set. Next we have Josh Butler's edit, which features the main sounds again but with the male vocal cut-up and a crisp drum pattern that really cuts a swathe. The bassline is louder, there's a choppy guitar riff and an organ riff, and for some reason it all just sounds bigger,  brighter and even better produced than the original (which was well produced to start with). And then finally there's Freedom, which for me outshines the original of Beaux, with an intricate drum and organ intro, a solid kick and rhythmic sounds that make it really swing. The bassline is simple but solid, the female vocal is minimal but strong and the production is faultless.

Make no mistake, this is a great release, though for me the lead track is the weakest of the bunch so I question the order of the tracks! All the same, I look forward to playing my two chosen cuts with great enthusiasm.

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: 24 August


Review Score: 8




Tags: Tommy Vercetti, Josh Butler, Origins Rcrds, house