Boomkat Product Review:
One of USA’s deepest house heads pursues an enchanted, Afro-centric muse with his spellbinding 2nd album for Dekmantel.
Where his previous long-player may have felt tentative at times, this one is oozing with the confidence to follow his wilder dreams where they take may take him, and, even better, where it may take us.
It starts sweet and beat-less with the resonant crackle and sensuous contours of the title cut, to steadily build a vibe thru the coruscating chords of Organ to Dust before the bass edges start to bulge at odd angles and the melodies begin to stack up in Reset.
With Tell Us Where the vibe really starts to coalesce around woody tribal drum knocks and subtly insistent, off-kilter, vaulted harmonics that become progressively wilder in technoid, one-two mind-punch of Amarna and the Nabta Playa booster.
18 Arms then takes it far into Jamal Moss territory, where we also find the curdled laser synths of Blind Light and quite possibly the strongest - if not freakiest - cut on the album with deep fried bleeps and acid-serrated cello cadence of Step Back.
We’re floored, and reckon a lot of others will be, too.