Boomkat Product Review:
UK club influencer Bok Bok shoots his first solo EP, proper, in six years; a notably laid-back but insistent suite of deep purple machine funk nodding to Prince via Karizma and Jam City
The fixed-jaw funk of Bok Bok’s definitive 2010s streak feels loosened by magnesium and infused with a palpably soulful broken beats/deep house lean on ‘Duetto’. It’s his first Bok Bok drop on Night Slugs since ‘Salvage 2017’, but to be fair he’s also been active in recent years with instrumental drill productions as One Bok on Night Slugs’ spiritual sibling, A.P. Life, alongside a burgeoning roster of Nammy Wams, baby_asl, Majima et al.
The four tracks here see him shooting FM laser chords from the hip like a groggy Sensate Focus on ‘Raining Inside’, and practically reworking Aril Brikha-via-Karizma on the Linn drum-punctuated gem ‘L’Chordian’, whereas ‘Ouais Part 2’ takes the sound to a logical depth with wriggling Karizma-style broken beats scuffed and buffeted to UK demands, while he can’t help but play up to his grimier roots with a slackened and screwed take on those templates in ‘Duetto’ akin to longtime spars, L-Vis and Jam City.