2016 May 15     
2 Bit Thugs

Danny Slade is in house heaven with this seven-track V/A EP

With no less than seven tracks by different producers, you might assume that this EP, which is only the second-ever release from New York house label Rawsome Recordings, will contain the usual one or two decent tracks and a load of filler. But you know what assuming does... the truth is that this release is jam-packed with juicy house goodness from start to finish.

The tracks are: Do What You Like, New Jack Swing, On The Drums, Praise U, Detonative, When In Rome and Maxima. Sadly, neither the press release, the cover nor the printed label bothers to list the producers' names anywhere; Soundcloud tells me that the Class Action-sampling Do What You Like (below) is by DJ Shemp but beyond that it's all a bit of a mystery, which is frustrating as there are some seriously funky house grooves contained in this release.

For me, the best track is New Jack Swing, a rough-edged, cut 'n' paste house track with trumpet stabs, film samples and looping party sounds. It also samples James Brown and Funkadelic, which is no bad thing as it adds to the creative craziness nicely. There are also some tech-house leanings in On The Drums and Detonative plus some deeper cuts like When In Rome, so there really is something for every kind of house aficionado included on this killer release.

For that reason, and for the fact that I can't stop playing all of the tracks on this outstanding EP, I have no choice but to score it maximum points. Miss this one at your peril!

Words: Danny Slade

Release date: Out now



Review Score: 10




Tags: house, Rawsome Recordings, DJ Shemp