Boomkat Product Review:
Queens’ bassbin mutant J. Albert keeps it lo-slung and casual in characterful style on his private label, landing somewhere between Rat Heart, Ghostphone and Actress.
Rarely putting a foot wrong, thanks to his loose-limbed and soulfully scrappy style, J. Albert gets us again with this beat tape of UK-meets-US flavours checking for his sawn-off, melancholic mutations of UKG, jungle and R&G with a smoked-out NYC lean.
There’s a sick double refraction of US R&B to UK R&G pressure and back in the standout ‘cliqued’, while ‘Fever’ dances to the left of Rezzett on a washed-out jungle flex, and ‘Uwan_2’ sounds like Seekersinternational jamming with Rat Heart. At its gauziest, ‘La Flor’ plumbs Bellows-like depths of ambient dance gauze, and ‘b honest 4 one sec’ firms up a lovely piece of deep UKG nodding to Todd Edwards via Herbert and early Actress.