Boomkat Product Review:
A smoky, funky ghetto-tech and hip hop riddle wrapped in ferric tape, ‘An Introduction to Michael J. Blood’ finds DJ Tom Boogizm as conduit for one of Manny’s best kept secrets - think Didsbronx’ answer to Moodyman, Urban Tribe or Theo Parrish - for DJ/producer Finn’s 2 B Real bootyque.
Newly edited from a lauded 2017 NTS broadcast, this outstanding session follows on the label from DJ Finn’s classic ‘Accelerated Club’ mixtape and Anz’s ‘Invitation To Dance’ 12” to supply a rare glimpse into the mind of Michael J. Blood and his coven; a low-key character and his pals who specialise in off-the-cuff, killer vibes steeped in classic Detroit and Chicago soul, hip hop and ghetto-tech steez.
As much a showcase for Michael J. Blood’s production and his circle as the deadly deft DJ tekkers of Tom Boogizm, the mix was built live from Blood’s mostly <30 second loops and addictive, hard-to-place edits, all seamlessly filleted, juggled and sequenced for house party-ready function or settee slomping by Wigan’s funkiest son, Thomas Boogizm Esq.
Side A sees him toggle the vibe back ’n forth between red-eyed studio abstraction, slompy Dilla-esque beats, synth-funk vamps and mutant ghetto-tech/Jit/juke with a charming, jazzy loucheness, while The B-side follows suit, but keeps the gauge ticking up with a ruder feminine pressure recalling Finn’s own productions, and crucially includes some proper nifty, hands-on CDJ chops by the Boogizm that sounds like RP Boo or DJ Rashad’s footwork flips of classic funk or even Actress’ Thriller edits.
Trust it’s the lick. No download. Do not sleep on this!