Boomkat Product Review:
Superb Rhythm & Sound styles from Andy Mac, back on Idle Hands after Regular & Irregular (2013) and a class split with his Zennor production partner, Peverelist for his Deep Street label to start up the label’s new Diving Bird Series.
No bones about it, this is an out and out dub session, one steeped in the accreted deep topography of Bristol sound system culture and burnished with a beautifully wistful Berlin flavour that will always float our boat when done right, just like this 12”.
On Longships he takes a hazy scenic route to nowhere, spiralling across the A-side with an effortlessness that belies the work’s massive subbass weight, almost like a leaden schooner dragged by kites and scudding clouds. You’ll either be bobbing like said schooner or skinning up again by the track’s end and ready to do it again.
Flipside he gets also the measures right on Horse Fly Dub, recalling Von Oswald & Ernestus’ slowest moments, but sublimated by King Tubby at dusk on the island, while 10 makes a perfectly elusive accompaniment meshing field recordings made in West Africa (not sure where, sorry) with subtle processing for a sweetly intangible yet intoxicating thing framing the Bristol sound at its most esoteric.