Boomkat Product Review:
The enigma that is Michael J. Blood doubles down on that ridiculous mixtape/2LP with a brand new, killer 90 min set of slompy late night dancefloor cuts featuring vocals from Sockethead and primed for all you Moodymann, Newworldaquarium, Actress/Thriller obsessives. This ishhhhhh is the real deal.
Mixed in real time once again by Tom Boogizm, ‘II’ arrives on the project’s own label, BLOOD, with 90 minutes of beatdown hustle and rug-cutter’s sleaze very much in the vein of the first, but freshly gassed with Sockethead’s rudely mumbly stream-of-consciousness vocals that crop up at opportune moments. It’s another example of the way that proper Afro-American styles have indelibly influenced Manchester music, surely living up to comparisons with everyone from Andrés and Madlib to Urban Tribe, KDJ and Theo Parrish with a louche and hypnotic late night soul that oozes from every pore.
Trust the chords are butter and the bass firm but juicy in all the right places, holding smoked-out slunky downstrokes to soirée-starting backroom shuffle, making room for passages of blue Motor City melancholy as well as gently frazzled psychedelia, shifting thru gears and lots of gear to pick up the pace with brisk broken beats, sawn-off garage swangers, and natty jack trax, before sloping off bed-ways in the final strokes.
Who tf is MJB?