Boomkat Product Review:
Joy O approaches 10 years in the game with a diversified EP smartly marking the distance travelled from his acclaimed debut ‘Hyph Mngo’ back in 2009.
Spanning shadowy UK electro-bass, weightless trance, and deep blue house styles, the ‘81b EP’ follows Joy O’s collaboration with sax player Ben Vince for Hessle Audio to render a definitively mature self-portrait of his sound in 2018.
On the A-side he tees off with the slunky lust of ‘Seed’ on a sci-fi electro tip, mixing gynoid vocals with shifty UK-style subs into killer 2nd half Reese drop, whereas ‘Coyp’ is more stripped down to ghostly rolige, and ‘Tennov6teen’ locks into a roil of entrancing arps.
The B-side is much warmer, fleshly, stretching out with the offset, Kassem Mosse-alike bubble ’n squeak of ‘Belly’, before ‘Sin Palta’, a highlight of his Dekmantel mix, appears in a more dubbed out mix, and ‘81b’ curls up at the end on a slouchy after-party bent.