The Du-Rites are back and once again, they have given us two sides of HEAT in a forty five that you should scoop up immediately. Their cult following has elevated their status to top of the pile, and when we say pile, we mean places like Bandcamp, Pitchfork, and the like. Switching careers later on in life, J-Zone has gone above and beyond with his drum skills and presented us with a future classic in this seven inch record. His collabo with Pablo Martin of the Tom Tom Club is testament that hard work does pay off, and if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. And that is a working musician in multiple genres putting out great records to the masses. The A side, “Bite It” has that bass line off the corner, and if you know, then you know. A nice nod to one of the toughest. But then just like that, it careens into heavy organ and guitars, with Martin’s guitar work on point as it has been since the first full length. It goes on for days: drum breaks and then some. The result is one tough funk side. The flip, “Bocho’s Groove” has a little bit of that acid jazz feel from the 90’s, a Cookin’ series on Ubiquity feel, one certified groove that shows you the duo isn’t just raw and gritty funk breaks. There is a lot more. We love the drums, but damn if those lo-fi organ stabs that J-Zone has put in really don’t bring everything out. Extra points for that ‘groove’ sample that floats in and out throughout the song at the right moments. These cats just picked up where they left off with the first LP, and have continued to bring us music that will no doubt be loved around the globe. Let’s hope we see them live sometime soon. Check out both tracks below.
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