Boomkat Product Review:
Local Action pay dividends on the promise of new Lil Jabba gear with this freakishly colourful collection of skewed footwork. In case you're unfamiliar, Lil Jabba is the Baltimore-based visual artist, troglodyte and musician who's been lurking at the fringes of Footwork for a couple years now. His ornate "tapestries" have snuck out on tapes and unmastered downloads so far, prompting Local Action's Tom Lea to kick his butt into doing it proper on the eagerly anticipated 'Scales'. It features early joints such as the jazz-wise swirl of 'Maven' (2011), the Metalheadz-styled winder 'Loki' and the pumping oriental oddity 'Raiders', 'longside a splat of noticeably brighter, tighter new gear evolving his brand of hyper-functional rhythms and techni-coloured arrangements. Best among them are his 3D baroque dancer, 'Cavern' (which comes exclusive to digital formats), the aerated R&B-tech tessellations of 'Tomorrow', and the highly-strung, psychedelic battle tools, 'Gorgon' and 'Serum', dissolving traces of trance, grime and electro in his vividly potent style, all marking this as the maddest mutation of Footwork we've heard yet. It's futuristic outsider jazz techno, for want of a more concise term, and exactly what we want to hear in 2013.