Boomkat Product Review:
Brooklyn-based producer and visual artist Josh Abramovici's debut album is a blunted, slo-mo throb of distant Artificial Intelligence-era pads, DJ Python-esque bass and crunchy, dubwise FX. Basically a hybrid of early Mo'Wax, DJ Olive, Higher Intelligence Agency and Amazondotcom >> another winner for Incensio.
Trip-hop is fully back eh? downstairs J's first full-length is a loveletter to the genre, filled with echoing vocals, resinous beats and kind of blunted synths you'd expect to find on a Push Button Objects record. It's a solid successor to DJ Python's deliriously tripped-out and funked Mas Amable, and pushes further into the fertile beats 'n synths territory that had us all salivating when Mo'Wax released the first "Headz" comp in '94.
Opener 'Three Times' sounds almost oppressively slow, building a gasping rhythm from kicks and clangs and slowly introducing the faintest IDM chords, pads and basses. It's a modern, half-speed take on Autechre's enduring early classic 'Lowride', all scraped electro and minimized funq. 'Lab Rat Boogie' meanwhile sounds like East Flatbush Project's spare 'Tried By 12' beat spiked with k-hole vocals and vocoded Streetsounds synths.
"basement, etc" is packed with familiar sounds, but assembles them with a contemporary NYC groove that breathes new life into old modalities. The spectre of trip-hop, vintage bleep techno and NYC's own illbient subgenres looms large, but Abramovici spins these ideas into a fresh patchwork that's laced with hemp.