Boomkat Product Review:
The 2012 debut album from Holy Other.
It carries the same quietly anguished vibe as the acclaimed 'With U' EP, virtually every sonic element - from Burial-esque vocal clips to the pads, even the drums - seems to sigh. For all their DNA-level foundation in US hip-hop/R&B and British soundsystem music, the crashing waves of 'Tense Past' and the magnificent 'Love Some1' owe as much to the airy gothic grandeur of This Mortal Coil as they do to, say, Keyboard Kid or Clams Casino.
On the more lithe, club-attuned 'Inpouring', the clicky, scuttling drum patterns deftly summon UK garage and the taut d'n'b minimalism of Instra:mental's mid-decade work, while 'U Now''s teasing suggestion of a footwork riddim opens up space for more melancholy drift. Subdued, heartbroken and drug-hazed, this is one of the most satisfying iterations of the Tri Angle aesthetic, an impressive statement in its own right.