12" £11.99 BOP001
Repress 12" on Black Opal in black disco bag with screen-printed insert.
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Here is the inaugural release on Stephen Bishop’s (Basic House) Opal Tapes vinyl offshoot label Black Opal. Patricia’s ‘Body Issues’ was originally released on Opal Tapes as a cassette and now receives a welcome limited wax edition, housed in a screen-printed sleeve complete with screened insert and download code. I scored a copy of the tape a few months back at a Basic House gig and been really enjoying it since. In a nutshell I guess this is soulful kinda dreamy no nonsense raw/ lo-fi house/ techno that recalls the likes of Huerco S. and maybe even a smattering of New York flavour not dissimilar to Anthony Naples all coated in warm fuzz.
‘Hissy Fit’ as the title suggests is all dubbed out hiss and chunky drums. ‘Melting’ sounds like a vintage Chicago acid house track desperately in need of a clean and pitched down to -16. So like imagine your Mr Fingers tunes proper caked in grime while a fuzzball of fluff rides across with the needle. ‘Josephine’ is all soulful, ethereal synth gliding and hovering over a melancholy TB303 bassline with 909 claps smothered in reverb and little funky snare hits. ‘Four Fingered’ is all hazy and warped sounding like a half remembered flashback from the morning after the night before, all smokey luxurious dark house with a sinister, creepy bassline. ‘Plural’ closes with tough woody kicks and crackle bringing to mind the lost in the night atmospheres of Burial’s productions if he were operating in house/ techno mode. It’s a really sad sounding tune with weeping strings that’ll have folk dancing with tears in their eyes.
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