Boomkat Product Review
Airhead and James Blake on a dope 10" for Brainmath! Riding a crest of adulation and praise for his 'Air & Lack Therof' 10" and a remix of Untold's 'Stop What You're Doing', James Blake pits his electro-acoustic enhanced and jazz-informed approach with Airhead on two efficiently sparse and clever tracks. Both 'Pembroke' and 'Lock In The Lion' take cues from the early dubstep minimalism of Loefah, Kode 9 or Pinch whilst also mirroring the loping hiphop/IDM swing considerations of Slugabed or Mount Kimbie. They create a brilliant slow-fast tension from achingly well-placed drums and a deft use of silence that even reflects more avant-garde producers like Kouhei Matsunaga, while still remaining tethered to a notion of more common funk with bursts of samples and splashes of melodic arrangment. Fans of Joe, Mesak or Untold should check this - Limited Copies!