Boomkat Product Review:
South London broken beat jazz flair by Last Nubian and Geneva’s Sweet Fruity Brunch, sure to warm the cockles of Kaidi Tatham, Theo Parrish or Gilles Peterson fiends.
Brukked out by the burgeoning label, Touching Bass, ‘Babylon Shuffle’ serves six debonaire rug-cutters that showcase the silky keys of Donnie Moustaki, aka Sweet Fruit Brunch, on the deftest drum and vibe programming from Last Nubian, whose work has grown in stature over the past five years. The EP rolls out with a playthru arrangement intended for end-to-end consumption. They set the scene with smoky, dubbed psych-soul guitar and steppers rhythms in ‘call yu out’, thickening the vibe with velvety, in-the-pocket spin on Afrobeat and broken beat in a sterling title tune starring coos from Achanté, who comes into fuller voice on ‘in da morning/shaka’, like a big people’s update/refinement of Fuzzy Logic’s UKF classic.
Flipside they switch it up to a brisk, sinuous sort of garage-house tropicalia on ‘mango in da parish’, and space-out on swingeing levitation system ‘unformidable/call it out’, finishing on the Azymuth-Like swivel and flourish of the ‘og outro’.