Occasionally tense, always emotional and beautifully constructed, I Enjoy To Sweep A Room is the debut album from Essex boy Sim Hutchins. Blurred, synthy and richly produced it’s a woozy journey into the mind of a post-grime talent. Well worth your time. Out on vinyl LP from No Pain In Pop. Included bonus CD.
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Debut album time for Essex-born-and-proud man Sim Hutchins, who apparently has grime credentials, or did before some drastic reinvention. Once they got over the old, crappy production, modern grime artists are actually great at beatmaking and the like, but Hutchins has bigger and better things to focus on, like avoiding the drop for as long as possible.
There’s not much hype to be had here - with its zany title and lo-fi digital art (MS Paint, surely), the album tracks a path of downcast melodic electronica reminiscent of 90s ambient/Warp with a strong urban tone and unpredictable structures. It sounds like it has been wrenched from machines on the edge of disintegration, all raspy and full of hiss and fizz. Despite these blocks, it isn’t filled with noisy intensity, Hutchins showing restraint and not resorting to the instinctive climatic blast that he could have so easily used. The noises make up part of a keyboard playing ponderous minor melodies, or a cycle of junk percussion, or the grain of a cheap delay unit.
We’ve definitely heard things like this before, either in the original '90's DIY electronica or the artists who have made it their home since (ahem, Burial). But Hutchins does a good job of presenting the more downcast side of dance music in a different, less distinct, and frankly broken form. Special mention goes out to track 3 that sounds like Clint Mansell being sliced up by Kara-Lis Coverdale, a sort of cycling of a broken chord like church bells firing off a sampler. So nice.
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