2020 May 28     
2 Bit Thugs

The mysterious Two (UK) present the first release on his/her/their 2 Records label

Mystery duo Two (UK) – at least, we're assuming they're a duo, though there's nothing on their ultra-sparse social media profies to suggest such is necessarily the case – bring us the first-ever release on their own 2 Records label.

And, naturally enough, it's a two-track affair. DMR is up first, quite a pacey house jam by current BPM standards, and one that's characterised by straightforward 4/4s and metronomic synth bleeps that nag away throughout, augmented here and there by some old school-sounding pianos. The overall feeling here is a bit fluffy and Balearic-ish, whereas NML treads a slightly deeper, darker and techier path, albeit the darkness is nicely counterpointed by a dreamy female "no more lights, no more" vocal fragment that loops away on top. 

Both are plenty playable, but DMR absolutely runs away with the gold for me. Not thanks to any of the elements I just mentioned, but for the bit I didn't tell you about: an absolute beast of a 90s-style Korg M1 organ bassline that comes out of nowhere at 2:30 exactly. It's only around for two minutes of the track's seven… but what a glorious, nostalgia-drenched two minutes those are!

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 31 May



Review Score: 8




Tags: Two (UK), 2 Records, deep house, tech house, garage, Korg M1