Boomkat Product Review:
Sterling autonomic pressure from the Miami/UK-based new signing to Mr. Mitch’s Gobstopper, hitting deep in a neon purple funk zone between Actress, dBridge, Cygnus, Drexciya, DJ Python, 0PN and BoC.
A worthy follow-up to Mr. Mitch’s outstanding album ‘Lazy’; SectorSept makes a bold introduction to his melange of Floridian bass and ‘80s synth influences on ‘954’. Titled after his Fort Lauderdale zip code, it’s a lithe and loving exercise in retro-futurism, whirring with the influence of secret black technological rhythm and gilded with a mix of romantic pads and nods to their formative roots in Miami’s ‘Love 94 Smooth Jazz’ station, and days whiled away on computer games (check the trap take on N64’s ‘Golden Eye’). Far as we can tell, it’s also the label’s first by a non-domestic artist, and, as such, straddles a fine line of the US/UK’s double refractive funk dialogue, feeling caught in the gulf stream airwaves between aspects of each style with instant classic results.
First and foremost, it’s a proper album, measured with a seductive pacing and cadence that’s primed for cruising Miami’s subtropical climes as much as south London sprawl. The eight tracks are constructed radio-tight, tiling into a hazy beauty for headphone listens and club application in the right hands, traversing from the deeply rude machine funk of ‘The Programme’ to prepare late night soul glow on ’Prize’, via purest Miami bass flex recalling Cygnus’ best on ‘Be There’ and the spine-freezing pads and flutes of ‘Digital Franchise’, while the the ‘Golden Third Eye’ flip is a trill weapon, and there’s no mistaking the 0PN-via-BoC influences of ‘Intuition Segment’, and ’Tropic Universe’ is a must check for anyone on the deeper dancehall dembow tip.