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gerry read - Jummy
Fourth Wave come correct with the release of the debut album from boy wonder Gerry Read, whose sidelong glances at house, garage and techno have resulted in some of most ruggedly soulful dancefloor plates of the past two years. He makes the most of the album format with some well judged mood pieces: were it not for its wilfully corroded surface, beatless intro piece 'Four Miles' could be mistaken for Convextion or C2. But Read's true metier is the club, and it's in the drum-driven cuts that his most powerful talent exhibits itself: 'Evidence' and 'Give Myself To You' are fierce, filter-happy Moodymann tributes, undeniable in their appeal, while the open-hi-hat-driven 'Be Pushing' is a funked-up deep-houser that comes over like a more loose-limbed Trus'me. The most indispensable cuts are the ones that venture further off the grid: 'Moving Forward' is shimmying, side-stepping beat science in fine Shake style, 'Make A Move' rolls out on a front-loaded, afro-centric flex, and 'Let's Make It Deeper' and 'Crawl' explore louche jazz brushstrokes (again, in the shadow of KDJ). Throughout, Read pulls off that rare feat of not confusing deepness for mawkishness; for all their finesse and consistent mellow vibes, these still feel fundamentally like rudeboy cuts, and that's a remarkable achievement.