Boomkat Product Review:
The lesser-spotted Joe jumps back on Hessle Audio with Tail Lift and MPH, his first new productions heard since Thinking About for Four Tet’s label in 2015. Trust that he’s got the party in mind, as ever, with slinky samba and jungle power drums playfully dubbed out and tweaked up for loose-limbed times.
They’re both a little better fed than his previous, skeletal rhythms, with the loping samba hustle of Tail Lift operating in a lush sound field of hooting macaques, cicadas and creamy DX7 synth pads in a way that recalls Pekka Airaksinen on his jollies in Rio with Kaidi Tatham.
MPH meanwhile finds him dicing with jungle breaks and almost Prince-style Linn drum crack, feathered in swooping design with strobing chords to recall the pitching cadence of Klein’s recent Tommy EP reworked by Jameszoo, or something.