Dusky // Flo Jam [Dogmatik Records]
With massive support for their releases from everyone from Jamie Jones to Sasha, you’d be wondering if the expectations or pressure would be too high for Dusky. Well, I can safely cast that one to the kerbside and assure you that there is no reason not to buy everything on EP as Dusky deliver big time for Dogmatik.
Theres lots to enjoy in here – the kitchen-drunk riffage of Every Day, as it stutters and bundles it’s way into your ears. It’s charming music, with flourishing pads and forceful hats taking us to the break where we get rising key and vocal stabs before more drunken fun on the way out.
Numerical take a progged out approach, which in some ways reminds me of early Whoop! Recordings. There’s plenty of effective reverbarage and enough vocal interest here to ensure this transcends the largest of systems too. The break fills it out again before doubling up the bass as we’re powering our way out this cavernous vibe.
Flo Jam and Mystics share quite a lot of characteristics sonically however this is no bad thing with Flo Jam being the more restrained and Mystics being the tougher of the two. Despite this, they are both excellent. They contain classic elements, stunning sound arrangement and some thoroughly ‘now’ stab sequences which are wrapped up in some sublime production. Check out the subtle nuences in the background that add to the class, gravitas and longevity of both.
All winners for me – get deep!
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Mike 13