Allen & Filix are a pair of producers who have worked together to great effect many times before. They hail from Sicily and have put out music on this Digital Traffic label before now, most recently a year ago. This time round they are once again in fine form and offer up two really quite different tracks for different moments on the floor.
The pick for me is the flip side, Smoke Drums, which at its heart is a firmly rooted house slammer with rock solid kicks that pull the thing along at an inviting medium pace. Up top are rippling, slithering synths that add a sense of manic mania and will send floors crazy. Well produced and robust, it is a modern house anthem in the making. The flip side joint is Monkey Kiss, which is less intense and more playful. It has claps straight from an 80s Chicago house record. They are clever and busy, whilst the gloopy bass and woodpecker like hook is funky and wriggly and will make people move their ass. Both tracks do plenty of damage and fit into many different sonic settings.
Reviewed by: Ian Fleming