Boomkat Product Review:
The artist better known as Funkineven offers up a deeply expressive suite of jazzed-up, synth-driven house and related, spaced-out mutations.
Steven Julien is no average house cat, a fact attested by 20 odd killer solo joints and collaborations with everyone from Delroy Edwards and Jay Daniel to Fatima or Shanti Celeste since 2009, and spelled out here in no uncertain terms.
Running 12 cuts in just under an hour, the vibe in Fallen is closer to that of classic 4Hero or Hieroglyphic Being than almost anything else from his UK scene right now, with a uniquely gritty rudeness that distinguishes his sound from either of those reference points.
Ultimately he’s out on his own, just him and the hardware finding a constellation of syncopated nuance, tactile synthsation and personalised harmonics that impress most strongly in the loose-but-rictus bruk funk of Disciple, and really gets in the marrow with XL’s tuffened house soul, whilst the likes of Fallen pursue proper alien vibes, and the shuffling chamber bit, Oshun perfectly sums up his mixture of debonaire melancholy and rooted futurism.