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- HIT022 / Heavyweight vinyl LP + download on Hippos In Tanks (Hype Williams)
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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 13 December 2012
Well, as far as I gather this is a mixtape re-issue and Dean Blunt aka one half of post-dub weirdos Hype Williams’s solo debut. It opens with a lengthy, blurry, crackly analogue drone of swirling synth discord, then we seem to have some kind of field recorded storm that leads into some smooth soul loops that develops into a weird, alien take on classic smooth ‘70s r’n’b, like a smoky bar scene doused with Lynchian tension.
The next cut’s pure good vibes though, a soulful bluesy shuffle full of summery loops and dripping with reverb, and the rest of the side continues with more of this silky, wonky dub-r’n’b style, with cool analogue tones, hiss and crackle, a fair spattering of samples, and the second side picking up exactly where the first left off. This sampledelic haunted post-pop style over the course of the LP has this awesomely lazy, hazy effect and I think it’s fair to say this is an LP that’s best enjoyed in a smoky environment.
Some of the highlights come towards the end, there’s a glassy, plaintive bit of synthpop in the middle of the second side which comes over like Gonjasufi jamming with Dam Funk and Peaking Lights in a big cloud of blunt smoke, but then the bliss is broken with a dramatic skit and distant police sirens over some ominous synth drones, broken by a hazy nostalgic looped soul groove and a mega-silky boy/girl duet which has a kind of Afghan Whigsy sleaze to it, and then the real surprise comes at the very end, a loose and laid back hip-hop cut with some speedy rhyming and Italo-horror synth stabs that’s over practically as soon as it began. This record is cool.
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