Robert Dietz & Tuccillo – Kushtraxx EP

Artist : Robert Dietz & Tuccillo
Title : Kushtraxx EP
Remixers : Shonky
Label : Holic Trax
Cat No : HT011
Release : 21/08/2014
Genre : House

Robert Dietz and Tuccillo present the ‘Kushtraxx EP’ on Holic Trax with a very tasty couple of edits by Apollonia member Shonky. Robert Dietz is well known for his work on Desolat, and Tuccillo has had releases on labels such as 8Bit and 2020 Vision. This is not the first time the pair have appeared on the same release with Robert Dietz remixing Tuccillo’s recent track ‘Watchout’ on Unblock.

The first track on the EP is ‘Juice’ which is an upfront house groove with some great percussion and drums. The bass throbs in and out throughout the track giving a superb groovy feel to just lose yourself to, and when the cymbal rides tease in and out it gives the track a little more pace. Great dance floor pleaser and certainly one for those dark basement clubs!

Next up we have ‘We Can’t Stop’ which has a little less pass than ‘Juice’ but still keeps that great groove sound to it. Grooves are something that appears to come with ease from the likes of Dietz and Tuccillo! The track again makes some good use of cymbal rides to add pace where needed. Some very interesting synths are used midway into the track to give it an almost other worldly sound before the track kicks back again with the solid groove and intricate percussion. Nice work guys!

The third track on the EP is ‘Ishine Ushine’ which has a far more breaksy feel to it. Some great percussion and the odd little horn thrown in for good measure! If any of you remember Chris Lum’s earlier productions this is not a million miles away. Very solid house track with a great bassline that I would love to hear on a big system!

The final two tracks come in the form of reworks by Shonky. The first rework is of ‘We Can’t Stop’ which is not a million miles from the original. He adds a little more percussion and adds some broken vocals to add a little more depth. Good track but wasn’t blown away if I am honest. Next up is Shonky’s interpritation of ‘Juice’ which I would say has a far more ‘Shonky’ feel to the track. He keeps that groove and just gives it a little more depth. He also adds a little more percussion but this is definitely my favourite out of the two edits Shonky has done.

All in all a very solid package if you love your house grooves. One to certainly check out!


Ian French
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Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.