Boomkat Product Review:
Michael J Blood & Rat Heart return with BLOODHEART, an hour-long followup to their already collectable RATBLOOD debut, here sliding thru a thick plume of smoke scored by bare synths and tripped out drum machines deploying Detroit, Chicago and East Coast styles swerved into stripped x emotional arpeggiated oblivion.
Back on their Bodytronixxx imprint, the pair give it up for a classic but completely groggy lean that’s come to define their lauded output over the last couple of years. Both artists come from a background steeped in proper US house and techno and confidently mess with the style from outside in, exploring a space somewhere between Drexciyan aquatics and the likes of Omar-S, Andrés and Urban Tribe on the one hand, and the freakier funk of Fhloston Paradigm and Actress on the other, but with a seshed-out dub soundsphere that recalls both Topdown Dialectic and Huerco S to these ears.
BLOODHEART is crafted with off-the-cuff suss, spooling from echo chamber experiments into offbeat, boiler-rattling drums and radiator percussion, giving way to ratty Dance Mania styles and glorious, hair-kissing synth vamps on the front. Flip it for serotonin-scraped dub chords and licks that resonate your skull, before imperceptibly skidding into dub tech thizz, and ultimately swinging their collective weight into a Thriller style denouement for pendulous measure.
Nowt quite like it, really.