Boomkat Product Review:
Facta and K-LONE's Wisdom Teeth label reverses the creep towards speedier tempos and focuses on developments within the 100 BPM continuum, with help from faves Clemency, Nick León, Henzo and others.
In the last few years it's become more and more normal to hear a DJ arcing from 160 to 180 BPM from the early doors. With "To Illustrate", Wisdom Teeth does its best to offer an alternative, inviting a handful of friends and fam to flex around the 100 BPM mark, exploring dembow, chugging UK experimental bass variations, rhythmic ambient and neo-trip-hop styles. Facta and K-LONE offer their own proof-of-concept early on with 'Kiss Me, Can't Sleep', a transcendent downtempo mid-point between sugar-sweet UK rhythm 'n soul and a Bristolian soundsystem banger.
Brighton producer Hussko's 'two nights in peter's bog' is even better (one of the comp's clear standouts in fact) and introduces a slippery steppers' groove that crystallises around wintery synth earworms. Moody Burial-like atmospheres that trade lo-fi bumps for crisp, ketamized sound design, basically. South Korea's Salamanda contributes the album's most elusive track; the influences here are hard to define, with watery beats hidden between sublime ambient textures and snaking vocals. Unsurprisingly, it's the ever-reliable Nick León who turns in the best fusion of Latin sounds on 'Separation Anxiety', a toothsome crawler that's atmospheric and future-facing without losing the snowballing momentum - one for fans of Amazondotcom for sure.
Manchester's hyper-creative contemporary scene is repped by YCO alum Henzo and Mutualism's Clemency, who both show why the city is heaving with positive energy right now. Henzo's 'Whirlpool Vanish' is a clever, chromium-washed half-tempo D&B slipper, while Clemency's 'Girl Food' abstracts crunchy dembow rhythms and wordless, overdriven vocals to come up with a pseudo-post-punk fuzz that's not a million miles from Maral's tape-saturated LA noise. Recommended listening!