Mickey Pearce (aka Shortstuff's Richard Attley)'s debut album is a mixed affair. Whilst a lot of the tracks here inhabit the familiar post dubstep landscape we would expect them to, there are others which veer downbeat, some optimistically and upliftingly so, and others with a dark kind of edge. Expect the unexpected.
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- Michael by Mickey Pearce
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 18 August 2016
Wow. Is this really Mickey Pearce? No, I know it’s not the Only Fools & Horses character, but the same Swamp81 producer that made this? The one that cranks out cokey bass bangers like there’s no tomorrow? Apparently so, and he’s really gone into album mode on this one, making some completely surprising and off-track music that seems to exist entirely separately from his previous 12 inch releases.
Well, that’s not entirely true, as there’s some definite club-oriented action going on when you get to 3rd track ‘Polyester’, with its thumping kicks and sub that you can only just make out on headphones, but before you get to that there’s a couple of puzzling surprises. The first track starts with subdued vocals that then build to a bed of soft synth before a slightly token beat enters and you’re wondering what exactly it is that you’re listening to. ‘Why Would You’ carries on this slight lack of definition as a lengthy delay loops some muddy sounds out, being joined by a more familiar MP shuffle slightly too suddenly perhaps. That grinding percussion sound is nice though.
‘Interlude 3’ is a minute of sizzling keyboards, take it or leave it. ‘Cakes’ is an excellent sultry groove with a distant hazy chord that is barely given a chance to breathe in its 2 minute duration. This sort of bouncing around carries on for the entire record; it’s very scattershot and doesn’t entirely find a sense of unity, but you can’t help but admire the ambition and unexpectedness of Michael. Just bring it all together next time, Mick.
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