Review: Originally introduced in July last year through the Tru Thoughts label, French producers Nikitch & Kuna Maze were brought together for the release of D?buts, a collaborative album which for this release sees the one track "46 Rue Du Fort" lifted for remixes by producers Sivy and Crafty 893. The original blends house and jazz with new age synth explorations and future sounds of brass and neo-soul which sees Sivey rebuff the track with robust licks of guitar and a reamped funk. Crafty 893 keeps focused on the track's original loop sequence, opting to colour it with breathy vocal textures of UKG inspired pop and a set of sweet two-step influences. Tru Thought. Tru tones.
Review: Colliding cool jazz with post-UK and post-US club sounds, Nikitch & Kuna Maze revitalise their palettes with a fresh album that lifts its influences from Chicago footwork, UK garage and two-step to Detroit house! In a truly refreshing and unique album from the French- Bruxelles duo, the pair do Tru Thoughts a true service by delivering a colourful and spritely album that's as much broken beat as is beat down and beautiful. With too many influences and genres to mention, this will go down with us as Tru Thoughts' best release of the year. Our picks? "JPS", "ZBRA" and "Monopoli Driver". Tip!