Deft feat. Om’mas Keith The Motions EP (Space Hardware)
Deft is a fledgling producer from Croydon who seems to be super on-point when it comes to bass music. ‘The Motions’ EP includes a terrific electronic hip hop joint called ‘Let’s Hook Up’, which is all bleepy psychedelia and pillowy bass featuring the sultry, gravely vocals of Om’mas Keith. If you can’t dig his sleazy voice then the instrumental is sublime on it’s own. Then there’s ‘Loqux & Past’ and ‘Lucid/Overline’, two ethereal rollers that’ll have you dancing on clouds. Excellent.
1) ‘Let’s Hook Up’ (Asthma) feat. Om’Mas Keith 2) Asthma 3) Lucid/Overline 4) Loqux & Past
Release Date: 18.01.2013 (Vinyl Release/ Digital Release TBC)
Space Hardware is ready to unleash its second release following the genre defiant label opener from Placeholder. Taking the reins for this next outing is Croydon based Deft (whom spotters will recognise as the man behind the opening track on MJC’s recent DJ Kicks, as included here) with help from fast rising yet already legendary vocalist Om’mas Keith. The resulting EP goes way off the beaten track into a deep and far off world of analogue sci-fi sonics.
‘Let’s Hook Up’ opens the EP with the plenty of squiggly and heat damaged synth sounds before Om’mas (who has not only collaborated with Mark Pritchard and Tom Trago and added his production nous to Frank Ocean’s LP, but so too does he head up the Sun Ra referencing hip hop collective, Sa-Ra) drops some languid vocal rhymes in from above. Sounding something like Snoop Dog and Harmonic 313 in a cosmic face-off, it’s a glistening yet predatory track that takes you to another place entirely. So too does the same track come in a voiceless instrumental version, thereby allowing the dense and gauzy electronics to really shine through and fire at your every synapse.
On the flip, ‘Lucid_Overline’ is a more beat driven affair. Slowed house kicks are the undercarriage upon which glitchy claps ride, dark and melancholic chords linger and from which unidentifiable vocal woos float out in swathes of echo to every corner of the tune, drawing you in and enveloping you tightly as it goes.
And so to the aforementioned DJ Kicks licensed track, ‘Loqux & Past’, a beautifully tripped and spaced out arrangement of loosely gathered garage hits, stuttering kicks and diffuse harmonics. Clearly, Deft has a knack for sound design that stays true to his name: everything here sounds designed for purpose rather than culled from a sample pack, with the immersive results as difficult to pigeon hole as anything you’ll hear this year.
Croydon resident to release ‘The Motions’ EP on the Space Hardware imprint.
Fresh off the back of his fantastic podcast for Brownswood, Yip Wong aka Deft announces a four-track EP for Jamie Russell‘s Space Hardware imprint. This is latest venture for the man behind the prolific output of labels such as Hypercolour, Losing Suki, Sneaker Social Club and Glass Table.
‘Let’s Hook Up Let’s Hook Up (Asthma)’ features one third of Sa-Ra, Om’Mas Keith (Producer of Grammy award-winning Album “Channel Orange”). His trademark vocals flow over the top of a warm bubble bath of cosmic hip-hop beats. On ‘Lucid/Overline’ & ‘Loqux & Past’ Deft lives up to his name: impeccable sound design, crafted broken beats, meadow-fresh vocal work and brooding bass. Yet another big stride forward from a fascinating producer.
The title track, with such longing sighs like no other piece of recent years. Surprised you realize that you have not heard of the kind long, wondering at the same time, why. “Brothers” spreads a cottony soft breakbeat cloud that enveloped a similarly airy melody figure gently to sail away with her. Sounds like the large Power Word UK garage, according to the island and the big emotions that leave in the morning to be promising paradise at half past every filthy warehouse. Everything sparkles. Everything sparkles! All happy! And suddenly, all lie in the arms and are like brothers (and sisters - of course). Everything just sucks even rave here! “Do not U Know” is indeed similar fragmented hence, tinkering from his R & B samples, but a much groovelastigeren garage-Tune, the quilted much straighter and danceable on the dance floor. An epic and dramatic lack of bass but not pearl. On the B-side will be finally Dresden House-Darling of the moment Jacob Korn “Do not U Know” in front, moves above Straightness to the forefront and make it end up with a fluffy groove house track, despite its at times rather harsh sounds incredibly deep, round and smooth sounds. As a digital extra there on top grain “NuGroove Remix” which is so rich in history and tradition, so aware that you could think of Uncanny Valley residents have throughout Chicago in itself. These three or four tracks celebrating the Hypercolour sublabel (see De: Bug Edition) Space hardware more than befitting his debut. Definitely a record you should listen to in 2012 as often as possible - then the dirty raver slug is a luxury apartment.