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jack dice - Sip Paint
**John Twells (Type) and Walker Chambliss return with their 2nd EP for Modern Love, initial copies on clear vinyl** Jack Dice scale up their ambition with heady success on a crackshot 2nd EP of whip-riding 808s, noisy harmonics and addictive raps by Stash Marina. Following their tentative 'Block Motel' debut, few outside their close pals coulda predicted where the duo of Type Records boss John Twells and cloud rap mogul Walker Chambliss would take the Jack Dice project, and even fewer would predict where it's ended up, us included. We're basically talking about the addictive centrepiece, 'Stash's Theme', a remarkable hip hop number revolving around Stash's ice-cool delivery with tight 808 triplets, booming bass and a technoid hook we could play all day. It sits alongside three instrumentals of rugged bass and gauzy ambient dynamics from which you can draw lines to a number of different projects Twells has been involved with through the last decade, though he seems to benefit immeasurably from Chambliss' presence. It's an EP that at different points throws stylistic references to everything from Prince's Black Album to The Art of Noise, Drake and Philip Jeck - without ever sounding overworked or too knowing, a feat in itself. But yeah - that vocal track - one hit of this and you're hooked.