Boomkat Product Review:
Naarm's DJ Plead keeps it slow, sexy and hyper-focused on his follow-up to that 'Relentless Trills' alltimer. Always with the next-level heat Jarred!!!
In a club landscape where 130bpm is considered downtempo, it's refreshing to hear DJ Plead experimenting with the more sensual end of the rhythmic spectrum. "Quick" EP is a reference to his reliance on a deliberately leisurely pace; the tracks rarely push above 100bpm, and aren't a back-and-forth between neo dembow and deranged hardstyle either. Plead is content to let his beats hustle and flow with the inherent slink of mahraganat and reggaetón, galvanized with elements cribbed from innovators like Livity Sound boss Peverelist and Bristol's Timedance head honcho Batu.
Our pick of the bunch is the evocative 'El Es', a lithe low 'n slow banger that filters Middle Eastern vapors (Plead's heritage is Lebanese) into supple rhythms made up of hand drums and chest-flattening kicks. Not much happens, because not much needs to: Plead is a natural vibe conductor, using latent tension instead of all-out kitchen sink fireworks. Even the lightest synth tone is filtered into silken perfection - not orientalized but recontextualized to fit into a structure that owes as much to the club music of the Levant as it does to Bristol's historical soundsystem scene.
We're also low-key obsessed with 'Skittles', an unexpected "Music For 18 Musicians"-inspired marimbanger that takes a phasing melodic pattern and spices it with polyrhythmic handclaps, Levantine percussion and lite balearic trance risers. It's slow, sultry and deliriously effective - if we ain't hearing this one in the wee hours over the next couple of months y'all are doing it wrong.