The Birmingham stalwart releases the third EP in his series for Four40
Fiending for some proper bumpin', ruffneck-style garage grooves? Don't worry, Four40 Records and fellow Birmingham native have you more than covered here!
Three tracks make up the EP. The first is called Elements, and starts with a woman's voice saying "feeling" over 4/4 beats and some synth atmospherics. Then there's a very melodic, musical keyboard nterlude before, at around the 1:30 mark, in comes in that heavyweight speed garage bassline you were waiting for. There are some male vocals snips in play too, and the overall vibe harks back very strongly to the sound's glory days of the late 90s. Quarks, which follows, is in a similarly nostalgic vein, with Gunman-like wobbling bass, New Jersey-ish organ parps and several competing vocal snips, both male and female. And then last of all comes Molecular, which is a bit more modernist in approach, with an off-kilter backdrop made up of weird n' wobbly sounds topped again with numerous different vocal bites, including a male one that's very reminiscent of (but isn't actually) the classic Ultrafunkula vocal.
All good, as they say, but for me Quarks just nudges ahead of the pack. And don't forget: if you dig this, there are two previous volumes to explore, too!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 15 March
Review Score: 8