Sometimes, the lure of properly deciphering a release is enough to warrant repeated listens and Liar’s 'Scorpio EP' is something I’ve listened to (objectively) a lot. Now, I think I get it, or the bare bones of what the tracks are about at least: essentially they’re club constructions but they’re the bastardised offspring of a hundred club construction ideas at once: equal parts thundering relentless percussion, warped synths and perplexing sampled density that’s kind of spellbinding.
Exquisite. Really feeling anything this label stamp their names on, real grown up drum & bass. If you’re a fan of laid-back '90s hip-hop, it won’t be hard to find solace in this track. A cool, profound drum pattern that wouldn't be found too far from a mixtape of Common or Talib Kweli, but with a tiny glimmer of a flickering 170 ever so slightly tapping away in the background.
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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.