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Gobstopper boss Mr. Mitch blesses his label with a sterling 4th solo album that surprisingly places the pivotal grime/new beats producer as the UK’s answer to Theo Parrish. Read on.
Landing as the first Mr. Mitch album on Gobstopper, ‘Lazy’ essentially frames him as pioneer of a new, weird, UK soul music that feels timeless but totally of the minute. The eleven tracks feel like a fever dream about the UK’s rare groove, acid house and dancehall raving heritage; packing loads of 303 squiggles in a way that doesn’t feel fusty, nimbly weaving in rap and R&B vocals to his wickedly asymmetric grooves with a London-wise suss and swagger that simply can’t be imitated.
Like we said, there’s definitely parallels between the scope of this album and recent Theo Parrish long-players, as the pair share a taste for jazzily drawing out of the lines and injecting their works with a tangible, characteristic sort of psychedelic soul. The acid tang is in strong, fresh effect on the scuzzy slam of ‘Black Majik’ with its rude call-and-response vocals, and again like a dembow answer to the ‘Acid Hall’ riddim on ‘What They Want’, while his soul burns thru in various ways between the gauzy blues thrum of ‘Did We Say Goodbye’, to the juicy expressive synth tone of ‘Proud’, and the physically expressive sensuality of the album’s experimental highlights, the hazy hunch of ‘Make Time’, and electro bent of Burn Down IDM’, with his vocals tenderly lighting up the centrepiece ‘Proud.’
Early contender for one of best, weirdo UK soul records of 2021 if you as us.