2016 Jul 17     
2 Bit Thugs

Eight tracks make up the EP, with enough variety on offer to appeal to househeads of many persuasions

Having been in the game for over 15 years, Germany's Blue Dye are one of those labels that, for this reviewer at least, belong in the 'cruelly overlooked' category. Hopefully this very fine label sampler will go some way towards changing that.

The EP opens with the simple looping, percussive tech-house grooves of Atalaya Master & Abel Suarez's Clepsidria. daZZla & Thomas Rafler's Wicked follows in a similar vein but with subtle hints of a Man With The Red Face-ish jazzy sensibility, after which DJ Mau Mau & Franco Junior serve up What You Gonna Do, which blends acid and hip-house/G-house influences. Justin Pak's Fire is a slice of podium-friendly 90s nostalgia, nagging piano riff and all, while there's more acid squelch to be found on Lazor's True Emotion. Nik Woodward's Kintsukuroi is like post-minimal prog, onetwofour deliver one of the downright rudest house records you'll hear all year in the form of Phone Sex, and then finally Starskie & Hagi's Sherazade Sunset is tuff, glitchy and aimed fair and square at small-hours floors.

Short on big names but long on dancefloor-moving tuneage, this collection is well worth checking by any househead worthy of the name, with What You Gonna Do, Fire and Phone Sex the standouts for yours truly.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 15 July



Review Score: 8




Tags: Blue Dye, deep house, tech house, tech-house, progressive house