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Boomkat Product Review:
Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album isn't. Rather than a showcase of studio pressure, it's an assortment of 13 fly, nimble cuts borrowing from Ghanaian highlife, post-punk, R&B to support his flighty falsetto, favouring quicksilver, ornate patterns and tones instead of billowing B-lines and such. In some ways this approach reminds of early grime, both in technique and effect, but where that grime was all about aggy angularity, this sound is fluidly soulful, from the vaporous Outkast styles of 'Inflight Wave' to the piquant tweaks to 'I Want You' and the fruity crush of staccato Purple drums with bubblin' dub in 'Stand Firm'. One for the roadwise connoisseurs.