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Boomkat Product Review:
Afrikan Sciences & Ari Robey-Lawrence present the first studio recordings of Old Shady Grady & The Neighbourhood Character on Jordan GCZ’s Off Minor label after a series of live showings at Freerotation and elsewhere since 2015.
The Tangle Transmogrifier EP catches Eric Porter Douglas (Afrikan Sciences) switching tack in the jazz-techno cosmos from his Les Graciés duo to a more far-out style thanks to the ruggedly rooted touch of Berlin’s Ari Robey-Lawrence a.k.a The Neighbourhood Character.
With effortlessly intuitive verve, the duo move in elegant formation thru four asymmetric grooves, firstly synching splintered broken beat bumps with bittersweet, keening string cadence in The Queen Of Bubbles, then with a more fluidly metallic diffraction in the melancholic dub grubber, Of Two Minds.
The flipside meanwhile brings the ‘floor firmly into play with a scratchy 3-step ace called Fig Jam, before they do some inimitable voodoo on ya with the darting rimshot punctuation, jazz chords and surging noise figures of Woman’s Heels, in a way recalling Howard Thomas ghosting jazz blues.