Boomkat Product Review:
The third limited edition Michael J. Blood transmission is an indispensible 90 minute session feat all-original productions mixed and edited by Tom Boogizm (aka Rat Heart) on a fragmented soul tip, essential listening if yr into The Other People Place, Urban Tribe, Moodymann, Andrés, I:Cube.
Chasing up the project’s already-classic first two tapes ‘III’ trades in next level variants that lend a raggo Lancastrian boost to the kind of Detroit engines tuned by Andrés, Carl Craig and KDJ. Their bassbins are supremely bugged out with restless Cuban and Brazilian breaks, shot thru with wavey vocals and lit up with wickedly off-the-cuff riffs in a way that proves they’re no dilettantes, but the real deal example of how OG music from Detroit and Chicago has been deeply absorbed and mutated in translation by the rudest dons in the UK’s Industrial North, particularly from Manchester to Glasgow.
Once again MJB supplies Tom B with the goods, which he chops and pastes into 90 minutes of the most soulful, red-lining grooves, prone to get deep inside the loop and switch tempo with a mind-boggling, natural sass. It’s that combination of choice original material and a nerve riding, counter-intuitive mixing style that makes the project so unique, delivering one side of transitions between fractal techno jit jazz, rug-slicing clave patterns and FXHE-y sleaze, before messing with the meter on the B-side’s jerky slow/fast flex with spats of scatty jazz-house and warped ‘80s disco inspirations infiltrated by Sockethead’s fleeting vocals.
Our advice; grab anything u see by this lot.