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8/10 Brian Staff review, 05 September 2014
Hmmm.....this dude used to be an affiliate of DJ/Rupture back in the day, read in the Wire he was back in the game recently so knew not what to expect. I recall carrying his 'Burn It' CD around gatherings in my party days. Not as cool as our Ant who once traipsed around with a copy of Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits in his pocket wherever he went for maximum alienation potential. That man, he soooo funny.
Grey F has retained his ethno-rhythmical thrust but on this new EP he sounds a more fully commercial proposition than I remember. There's that Baltimore/kuduro/crunk swagger laced with sweet bhangra vocals to start the show. Loads of flash glimmering production tricks on here. A warm, fun and sexy tune. Secondly an instrumental that recalls the likes of Ghislain Poirier with a dash of TNGHT. It sounds a little like some of the other instrumental French hip-hop I used to love around the Millennium with a gentle footwork twist. Lovely wistful synth melody on this track that really does the business fo' sure.
Overboard and swimming around the brief vinyl ocean to side bee, this 10" holds a genuinely stunning surprise in 'Murka'. Beginning like early Mum or maybe The Books with a two chord guitar cycle, watery glitch and electronic bloops, it then blossoms into a slow-swaying electronic elegy with gentle Zomby-clunk beats replete with this hauntingly sublime, exotic female vocal, the language origins I'm unsure of but it's the most gorgeous voice I've heard all Summer. The word pentatonik has been bandied around as a reference to her musical scale. A truly remarkable song. The closer 'Stone Silences' is another of those richly-layered hazy psychedelic crunk style beauties that once more reminds me of the floor slaying TNGHT, Zomby and Kuedo's dream-driving 'Severant'.
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