Boomkat Product Review:
Broken beat dream team Lord & Dego play it down and in-the-pocket for a full debut album on the latter’s 2000black stronghold
Building on their pair of 12”s since 2018, and decades of crossed paths prior, Matt Lord (Bugz In The Attic) meets Dego (Cousin Cockroach, 4Hero) in a plush suite of swingeing West Africa-via-West London grooves that tease the roots of Afrobeat and prevailing Caribbean impulses into a distinctly debonair, UK branch of deep African dance music. Such is the abundance of their vibe that all the tracks are exclusive to the album, foregoing any tracks off their previous turns in favour of a box fresh new haul destined to spark off the grown up ‘floors.
It’s knee deep business, layered with more treacly chords than you can shake a pimp stick at, keeping each cut tight laced and always budging between the disco swivel of ‘Who’s Gold, Who’s Gold Plated?’, the clipped broken beat bustle of their mission statement of sorts, ’It’s Not What You Know, It’s What You can Prove’, and the freakier funk of ‘The Curtain Falls’, with slow jams for the soul boys on ‘Better Than Pleasure’ and ‘Guess Who’s Smoking’.