Boomkat Product Review:
Properly smoked late night genius from an unholy triumvirate of mad ones doing things their own way - big RIYL Actress, Urban Tribe, Dopplereffekt.
Chasing up a pair of instantly sold out tapes from Michael J Blood x Rat Heart earlier in the year, plus the desiccated street soul of LGHTR KRU’s debut on the same label, the shapeshifting duo tag in YOUTH MVP Sockethead for only his 2nd razz after the ‘Harj-o-Marj’ album left everyone reeling in 2020. Their ‘True Volume 1’ is basically the sound of three likeminds getting slanted in the studio, each bringing a personal wealth of knowledge in the fields of deep US dance music, crooked UK soul, Afrobeats and dare-to-differ Manc steez to their fuzzy beatdown gumbo: a real one for the tokers and nocturnal cranks.
Sockethead’s blunted vocals lend the special ingredient to the trio’s rude production, voicing his bellyaches in a sort of cloudrap-adjunct mumble and half-cut song style perfectly complemented by the production’s furred artery flow that weaves in and out of the grid with effortless swing, one minute yr in a sort of alternate, slowed and f*cked manc version of Gerald Donald’s earliest output as Glass Domain, the next in an Actress-like fug of synths and smoke.
If you’re reading this, the previous MJB x Rat Heart collabs will have nicely set the scene, but this one's just on another plain of madness, squeezing permutations of gauzy dream house, jazz croon, lo-fi hyperboogie, and slo-mo electro into something pretty much indefinable, plumbing the depths of a now expanded freeform psyche on some of the most squashed, deliriously smashed electronic music you’ll hear from anyone, anywhere, any time.