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lv ft. okmalumkoolkat - Get a Grip EP (inc. Digital Bonus Track)
Fresh, forward-thinking EP from LV, heralding their imminent and eagerly anticipated album for Hyperdub. Lead track Sebenza sees them calling once again on the talents of South African vocalist Okmalumkoolkat. His urgent, enervated phrasing lends extra energy to the track's stripped, killer construction - heavy subs, kwaito-ish snares and lurching synth stabs. He appears on two further tracks: the immaculately low-slung 'Zulu Compurar', which at first sounds rooted in familiar slo-house rollage but ultimately shakes free of any box you try to put it in, and the front-loaded futureboogie of digital bonus track 'Diamonds', whose electro zaps, Detroit-styled strings, jazzy inflections and liquid bassline nod to the finest early 2000s broken beat. On an instrumental tip, LV team up with Mumdance for 'Get A Grip', a bashy, unreconstructed UKF bomb, all swaggering tribal drum patterns, haywire sirens, well-judged wobble and some choice digi-Caribbean riffage. A wicked EP, one of the most interesting and confident entries in the UK soundsystem canon we've heard all year.