Label: TroupeScore: 7.5/10
If you like your house music rough, raw and ready for the floor, then this EP from the boys behind the Troupe parties is most likely the one for you. But first, a bit of background information. Troupe – lest you’re unaware – is a party that started out in London much revered underground movement, and one which booked house-focused DJs when the rest of the city reverberated to a more dubstep vibe. Over time, their focus towards 4/4 paid off in spades; so much so that their night is now starting to earn plaudits aplenty in around the country and Europe, where (naturally enough), they are gradually relocating to. Capulet’s decision to stay elusive is a somewhat unlikely way of working, it at least helps to put the label and the artists in the spotlight well focusing on the music. And the Whatever EP, while perhaps lacking in imagination, does its job well, sticking to the script in a rugged tech-house tone that’s in line with the bookings at the night. The original of ‘Whatever’ is a warbling cut that’d fuel dancefloors in DC-10 et al, while it’s given a new lease of life with the dub mix and the club mix too. In all, this is an auspicious start to life for the Troupe crew label wise. Marshaling the troops has never sounded so good.
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