"Beautiful track from Last Island, massively chilled-out pads and warm bassline in this. Should be longer though!"
Really odd production from Hazardis Soundz, an ear-jarring mix of nu-skool beats, groggily smeared and slowed-down vocal samples all bereft of grit or grain and pushed in full colour to your synapse: beyond that freakishness what really pulls you back again and again to 'Garvey' is the great rhymes from Reks & Nore, but especially the verse from Saigon — massively offensive and paranoiac in all kinds of ways but delivered with such unstoppable compelling power you're twitching for the rewind before he's even done. From the 'Eyes Watching God' set I'm now gonna have to check out.
The odd concoction of influences which tie the intro and the break really shouldn't work, the time signatures don’t even match, but, you guessed it, it works. This is real downtempo experimental jump-up with a retro feel. The melody, mimicked from an arcade game, is simple and incredibly infectious. Serious little number that will have you moving. The flip 'New Step' is a wobbler Hazard would be proud of.
A sluggish gritty beat beautifully overlaid by myriad little tangles of guitar and soulful '60s keys, culled from what sounds like Memphis and Kingston sources — with such a compelling backdrop Roc & Apollo would be well within their rights to be lazy, but their rhymes are thought-provoking, full of mysterious shadow and blinding light, possessed of a Wu-style internal coherence and external oddity. From Apollo's new album 'Thirty Eight', which if it keeps up these standards of wordplay and production should be a summer essential. Check it.