Boomkat Product Review:
Enigmatic entity U marks 10 years of skin in the game with a 7” echo of their 2011 debut; deftly rugged and deep. nodding to Various Production, Hype Williams, Express Rising, Sade.
Drawn from the depths of their MPC, ‘Joy of Labour’ rustles up three off-the-cuff aces primed for the zone-out, each crackling with a sense of unquantised, offbeat bustle that’s familiar to U’s oeuvre and eases from old to new dimensions.
Opener ‘Junkies’ lands shades away from the groggy cut-ups of his ‘Vienna Orchestra’ album of 2016, and kinda resembles Dante Carfagna’s Express Rising reworking the Succession theme for valdo-smudged minds, while ‘2 Good 4 Me’ makes excellent use of a bossa beat nodding to Sade via Hype Williams, but spliced with reverse edits for optimum wooze. Finally, the woodcut folk mutation ‘Almost Man’ taps into the best Various Production modes, here rudely offset with a chemical oddness.