Boomkat Product Review:
Punk soul boys Michael J.Blood and Rat Heart stoke up the SP-404 and the mic for a follow-up to 2022’s sought-after first Nite Mode volume, doubling down on its brand of smashed R&B romance in a way that feels primed for long summer nights.
The MVPs don their silk smoking jackets, trackies and slippers for a properly greazy, hour-long suite of smudged and screwed beatdown laced with aching original vocals and oodles of slanted soul. Going on like Rezzett with a thang for the afters, they’re like a pair of mucky sponges who’ve soaked up a wealth of influence from Manchester’s record bins and dances, wring themselves out in a pungent, acridly fermented sort of psych-dub-funk and punkish soul.
Opening on the pitching, starry-eyed chords of ’The Boys Are Back In Town’, they slip between proper DJ Screw tekkerz on ‘Rapture’ and something like Iueke on ‘Tell Me’, to smudged psych-funk licks in ‘F*ck You’ and scrawl out killer ‘Dance of the Drunken Drums’ grog in ‘Trjaik Majik’.
It all comes to a head on the 16 minute madness ’Donny Dome’; an extended session of smoked-out tempo changes, stabs and loose-limbed drums which is weirdly giving us a very vivid flashback to cycling up the yew tree road in the late 90’s listening to black secret technology, weeping.