On-U Sound prime their Dub Syndicate reissue series with Displaced Masters
It offers a peek inside their previously unreleased archive at nine stripped down, natty dubs with particular highlights in the viscous downstroke of Money Dealers, their mellifluous but gritty digi-stepper, Haunted Ground, and the judicious use of FX and vocoders on the smokers madness, All Other Roads Are Shut Off.
The Digital Afterlife catches Jamal Moss in a great mood, recorded in Amsterdam early 2016, and backed with two “prime gherkins from the Hieroglyphic pickle jar”!
That title cut is a richly harmonised house hymn vaulted with heavenly, stacked chords and haywire bleeps that open out on a clattering groove like AFX channelling Sun Ra during a sunday outdoor rave.
His flipside gives up the swanging body jerk and fruity funky house keys of Arras (Instrumental Version) and the astral glyde of Akashic Energies in classic, expressive Jamal style.
Send for the velvet britches, E.M.M.A.’s on a mad baroque-out with Mindmaze and Pumpkin Emoji for Coyote Records following her return from hiatus on The Astral Plane.
Entirely in key with modern movements, E.M.M.A. drapes rococo MIDI flute anachronisms over a killer, sub-heavy sort of drill/speed garage/grime mutation in Mindmaze, then dances around the offbeat with technoid chords and Anime soundtrack-styled 8-bit glitter in Pumpkin Emoji.
Equal parts songwriter, poet, singer and lyricist, Sampa The Great makes her debut on Big Dada featuring production from Blue Daisy, Sensible J and Silentjay.
"The Melbourne resident has supported Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$ and Hiatus Kaiyote and just finished her own headline EU tour.
For fans of Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Little Simz, Mick Jenkins."