Boomkat Product Review:
Debut album of crisp dub-tech emissions from Djrum, new on 2nd Drop. It’s easy to see why people like Gilles Peterson and Francois K are fans of this British producer: though the reverbs are canyon-sized and the drums hit hard, the atmospheres evoked are slick, soulful, sophisticated. Check the jazzwise ‘Comos Los Cerdos' or the Nina-Simone-goes-DMZ swellings of ‘Honey’, all served up with melancholy strings, obscure soul and film samples and a generous blowback of hash smoke. The guest turns from female vocalist Shadowbox, a vocal dead ringer for Nicolette, only add to that sense of introspective 90s beatscaping updated for a contemporary sensibility. Best cut on the album for us is ‘Arcana (Do I Need You)’ a glossy but brukked-out steppa later reprised as Deepchord-meets-Burial cold-world ambient.