As a precursor to Call Super’s 'Suzi Ecto' album, the subdued edit of ‘Sulu Sekou’ that graces this 7” feels at first like it could be a bit misleading, built, as it is, out of tuned percussive ticks, worming melodies and sampled jazz toplines. But it isn’t. It’s actually the perfect palette cleanser from what’s come before it and a fantastic entrance point to what’s coming after. Impressively clever, it’s beautifully assured in its understatement.
Considering these two are amongst some of the finest producers in the UK, this collaboration was always going to result in some form of musical greatness... and that it does. Taking on two tracks from N77’s back catalogue, it’s all about the echo, phasing, and reverb as Prince Fatty does the business. Dennis Alcapone even makes an appearance for their rework of White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’.
Oh man am I loving the noise these sick twists have been making — this is from their forthcoming '#2040' EP and jeebus hyperion Christ I don't think I've heard such a thuddingly bruising hip-hop track since the last Kashmere or Sir Smurf Lil albums. Stupendous production from Zygote as always, he knows the devil's in the detail and beyond the fantastic low-slung fuzz-synth funk grind it's the sudden splashes of dubbed-out keys and flickering guitar that make 'The Cake Is A Lie' such a compellingly deranged delight. Also check out the brutal and bristling 'Vapourous', like 'The Cake' now available for nowt on their Bandcamp page. My favourite UK artists at the moment.
As you would expect from genre-hopping producer Paul White, the usual rules of engagement don’t apply here, as he offers up his own suitably idiosyncratic take on house music. Ergo ‘Where You Gonna Go’ — with its none-too cheery subject matter of heartbreak and loss — provides the perfect platform for a cerebral jaunt into the realms of deep, hypnotic, pastoral 4/4. It even features Jamie Woon on backing vocals too!