Boomkat Product Review:
Delroy Edwards at his old skool Chicago-style best for L.I.E.S. on this banging 8-track LP.
Kicking it nostalgic for the late ‘80s WBMX sound of the Windy City, Edwards follows from the dirt of 2018’s ‘Aftershock’ with a much sparser, streamlined, but authentically rugged sound flush with kinky 727 rhythms and FM synth hooks.
As his label suggest, it’s the most “mature” realisation of this strand of Edwards’ oeuvre, and that’s not to say staid, but rather it’s more measured, composed, cool in its stride, taking in the glorious FM synth chops of ‘Slap Happy’ at the front, the bubbly jack trak ‘Snake Eyes’, and the hypnotically harmonious ‘Nitemare House’, along with dead classy freestyle garage swing and parry in retro-futurist anthem ‘Rock This Place’, plus the brassy twang of ‘Just jam’, and proper, early, cubist Chip-E vibes in ‘I Am The One’.