Boomkat Product Review:
Killer vinyl debut of chromatic dembow bubblers and downbeat illbient from NYC’s Blazer Sound System on Andy Lyster’s Youth label.
Comprising Zebrablood (formerly of psych freaks Excepter) and Rainstick, the Blazer Sound System duo were brought to Youth’s attention by what Andrew Lyster calls their “must check” monthly NTS show, where BSS mash together a broad mixture of styles loosely landing between psych, dub, avant-techno and current road music. Their vinyl now cements their reputation and sound in 10”s of hard black plastic that sits neatly beside Youth’s FUMU and Georgia releases.
Uptown Rainstick catches a wave of ribboning chromatic arps, sirens and dembow dancehall bumps that sound like a n NYC block party on mushies - big for the DJ Python heads - alongside Zebrablood’s ‘Whatcomesup96’ cut that patently sounds like a vintage Spectre or Kaman Leung neck snapper. Downtown, on ‘Destorto’ Zebrablood makes the vibe like a haunted carnival with choking levels of dank bass spun out with scudding reggaeton synflutes, and ‘Draco Beat’ returns to that late ’90s dancehall/hip hop crossover sound with rudest results.