Boomkat Product Review:
A sultry change of pace from hotly-tipped, Manchester-based producer 96 Back; working a warmly personalised sound comparable with hypnagogic house gems from NWAQ to Actress and Sensate Focus
Slowing down his more frenetic, hyper sensibilities found on a stack of cherished shots for CPU and Happy Skull in recent years, ’9696 Dream’ dovetails with Local Action’s sweetlad styles across 10 cuts that roll, jack, and swing within the 110-130bpm bracket and leave much more room than usual for his melodic urges to play out.
Darewesay, it’s a more “mature” sound, but don’t take that to mean wine-bar-y. It’s all more in tune with the original Detroit. NYC, and Chi inspirations that hit the North hard when 96 Back was but a bairn, and would soon became twisted to UK tastes via the likes of Warp in his spiritual home city, Sheffield.
He covers many bases under that vibe, from quiescent beatdown on ‘Sat In’, to strutting deep techno in ‘Freepass For Them’, taking time out for beat-less reflection in ‘Phone’ and the lush ‘Friend Moment’ feat. Joe Paisan, before toying with Mark Fell templates in ‘Hide_NGroove’, and saving his more ADD tendencies to the hyper chromatic arps of the title tune.