Thursday, 21 April 2016

It's Grim Up North

Someone must have an eye out for me, you should all know by now I'm a big fiend for trip and hip hop but also me home county of Yorkshire. Well last night I got dropped a line and it ticks all those boxes, so it goes without saying that there may be some slight bias on display here. Let's get stuck in.

Joseph Mallord William Turner - Richmond, Yorkshire (1819)

If you're not from 'round here you won't know that up north has a bit of a reputation for bein' a little rough round the edges since all the industry up and went. It's been a bit of time since I've heard that sentiment set to audio, but the Ceiling Demons do it very well here, between The Streets and LSK I thought I had my fill but this 'un here's doing it for me. The proper norvern vocal contributions on offer won't be for everyone, but I dig 'em and they should hold up well in future unlike Mike Skinner's bars about Nintendo 64's on Original Pirate Material.

Now onto the meat of it. Nothing about the smooth instrumental above could have prepared me for their latest offering. It's much more aggressive than Even If, the metallic flourishes and the shelf wobbling basslines combine to make a fittingly menacing industrious feel. Reminds me a little bit of the more violent parts of Massive Attack's Mezzanine.

I will certainly be keeping an eye out for 'em in future based on what I've seen, I'm always down for hearing more local producers, should spice things up rather than me just namedropping Nightmares On Wax and Soft Cell. I've only just missed 'em in town a couple nights ago too, but I'm sure they'll come back through again soon enough.

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-Claude Van Foxbat