12" £4.49 SJR23212
12\" on Soul Jazz.
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I've got to say that I've not been as into LV's stuff since those first two Hyperdub 12"s ('Globetrotting' and 'CCTV') as he seems to have gradually ditched the more straight-up 'slow-burning reggae by way of dubstep' approach - which I thought he was great at - in favour of more hyperactive, skittery beats and attention-grabbing production.. Not that he's not good at that too like, I just wanted more of the rootsy stuff from him, I guess. The lead track on this one, part of the whole Soul Jazz Riddim Box thing, follows with that progression and features his usual chum Errol Bellot on sweetly-crooned bridge 'n' chorus duties ( going down a treat with it, says I) and Rubi Dan on speedy dancehall verses duties (which I don't know if I'm totally convinced about), creating quite a Bug-like impression with combination of the two.. Although it's far less dark and oppressive than Kevin Martin's stuff. The dub doesn't vastly change things, while 'Cemetary Dub' on the flip has a slightly Shackleton-ish percussion approach and the brief 'Parenthesis Dub' is quite reminiscent of Zomby, what with its woozy synth riff action and all. A good 'un on the whole!
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