'It’s Bricks, the dense anchor of SUM/ONE, that best exhibits all that DeGraw is capable of when operating on his own watch. His is likely one that’ll only give the right time twice a day, but this is a record that sounds to have been afforded plenty of time and every iota of DeGraw’s dedication.’
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'For a début track, Bricks is a hard-hitting masterpiece, although the sheen does in fact dull a little once you're made aware of the fact that bEEdEEgEE is in fact merely the latest alias to have been adopted by Gang Gang Dancer Brian DeGraw. Nonetheless, take nothing away from him, for built of techno bits and avant-pop pieces, it’s a true pièce de résistance from Woodstock’s newest psychedelically attuned recruit. And with long-playing début SUM/ONE lined up for release a little later on in the year – one which is set to feature the likes of Alexis Taylor and Lizzi Bougatsos alike – Bricks sounds as though it can only fortify the start of something truly formidable.’
SUM/ONE is expected December 2nd via 4AD.
"What am I doin’ here/ With another man’s wife/ I’m shakin’ in fear/ I’m a fool."
'Adulterous words first warbled by Syl Johnson back in the ’70s here reprised by London ambient house prodigy Nepheww – née Jacob Taylor – of whom, it would appear, we’re only growing increasingly fond as we become that bit more familiar with his slight of hand and the immaculate craft thereof. If Oxgam were a work of decelerated Afrobeat genius, then Just My Luck instead evinces another side to his incontrovertible talent, as Jacob here turns his studied attentions to a neat shuffle reminiscent of Andy Carthy’s Keep It Unreal that comes replete with all these admirably subtle shifts of certain segments. Trebly keys may ascend as surly bass tones wobble beneath, their patterns ephemeral and totally interchangeable, but like an illusory Rubik’s Cube compatible with even a pair of monochromatic eyes, never are these layers and varying levels incongruously pieced together. Indeed not altogether dissimilar to an Over And Over redux you may yet keep plating up long after this year’s out, Just My Luck may just become Taylor’s calling card in time…’
'It was long gone midnight last weekend that souf London troop Hot Chip so emphatically proved they could kick it with the indie gentry, as they brought this year’s Primavera Sound to a rollicking conclusion all of their own accord. The weather was a little more blustery than anticipated, though their hour was more or less smoothness itself. And yet with one-off single Dark & Stormy, the toddler-friendly techno gurus channel a purposeful, and so too propulsive erraticism that’s turbulent as it is positively terrific. It begins amid a blur of seemingly Devo-inspired elastane avant-garde, before building up a head of steam and transmuting into a mesmeric slab of huge magnificence compellingly repetitive as Over and Over. “When you’re feelin’ dark and stormy/ Let me sing a song for you/ In your room a forest grew/ Walk through and lift your blues” soothes Joe Goddard, the protuberant bass of Hold On and disco-gilded stabs of guitar then thrust into the melting pot via the mixing desk. Though it’s Alexis Taylor’s strangely emancipatory chorus which really elevates the single, as the bespectacled electro Maharishi forcefully insists: “We made our own luck/ Nobody helped us/ We’ll make our own luck/ Outrun the sadness.” There’s a forever inviting, and with it convincing timbre to his vocal, it in turn evoking sensations of trepidation and eventual terror as he quizzes as to whether we’re “living with disease.” Yet unsettling as this final salvo may initially sound, Dark & Stormy ultimately proves another infectious number soon to surely become exceedingly contagious.’
Dark & Stormy is anticipated July 22nd on Domino.