London staple Deadboy returns for the first time since 2011’s HERE.
The record’s opener ‘On Your Mind’ sees Deadboy swapping out divas and using his own plaintive vocals for the first time, within a 7 minute late night house exploration. Perpetually building analogue snare rolls and tape fuzzed basslines marry with a tense breakdown, reminiscent of his epic ‘Wish U Were Here’ and an 80’s touch that pushes the track into the same realms occupied by Chicago’s own pioneers of dancefloor melancholia, Virgo.
‘Geek’d Up’ pushes raw and direct with a heavy kick and dramatic piano stabs showing just how killer House music can be with only a few simple tools. ‘Black Reign’, previewed on Jackmaster’s Radio 1 show, experiments with the darker side of Garage – claustrophobic and nightmarish, an antidote to the recent charting hybrids. The EP’s closer ‘Nova’ is a play on Deadboy’s formative years in South London – mournful chords, tuned 808 basslines and precision crafted breaks bring to mind the pioneering sounds of early Drum & Bass producers Foul Play, with a deeper and more feminine sound.