2021 Jul 18     
2 Bit Thugs

LA-based label Culprit bring us the sixth installment in their annual compilation series

A very checkable collection of house grooves here from Culprit, the Los Angeles-based label set up in 2009 by Droog (AKA Andrei Osyka, Justin Sloe and Brett Griffin).

It's a truly international affair, featuring artists from the UK, Italy, Taiwan, Switzerland and Canada, as well as a couple of homegrown (ie, Californian) producers in the form of Galen and Mostly Magic). Wherever the artists involved hail from, though, what they all share is an understanding of what it takes to make bodies move on house dancefloors, which the nine tracks featured here all undoubtedly will. 

The album opens with the stripped-back deep house groove that is William Trilogy's Livin' It – all no-nonsense 4/4s, throbbing bass, evolving pads and spoken male vocal – and ends with the trippy, synth-y Renaissance from Giorgio, with its hints of electro and Italo-disco. In-between, you'll find bumpin', squelchy dancefloor deepness from Galen, Marco Biagoli and Maxime Laffon, dubwise deep tech from Nick Scofield, twitchy minimal-leaving cuts from Arteforma and Mostly Magic & Happy Ghost and sinuous, techy vibes from Vibeat & Gabriel I.

No big names here, just 54 minutes of quality, forward-thinking underground house music. 

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 16 July




Review Score: 8




Tags: Culprit, William Trilogy, Giorgio, Galen, Marco Biagoli, Maxime Laffon, Nick Scofield, Arteforma, Mostly Magic, Happy Ghost, Vibeat & Gabriel I, deep house, deep tech