Boomkat Product Review:
Currently racking ‘em up like there’s no 2017, J. Albert kicks out some of his most experimental, insistent jams with Small Room for Opal Tapes’ vinyl-dedicated Black Opal series.
From the title, we take it this is music for red lit basements, attics and other, non-cattle market spaces and the requirements that come with them. They’re all killer dance tracks, but pitted with a nervy, wayward personality that seem to suit intimate crowds rather than megadomes or festival fields full of shuffling narcissists.
Up top he dispenses the frayed loops and salty noise of Bloo N Red with a nimbly unhinged style somewhere between Herva and Anthony Shakir that filters out into the whirring, off centre breakbeat vortices and skeletal dub processing of Ting Waan.
Down below, his Dyslexia spells out a crooked but rolling house syntax for dankest corners of the night, but the big highlight is saved for last with ten minutes of crumbling swagger and stepping dub suspension systems in Earring.