Released by Bristol label Soul Motive, this hugely impressive mix of poly-rhythmic jazz instrumentation simply leaps out after one listen. "Al Fattah" opens the EP with an epic jazz scape that recalls everything from Charles Stepney, Herbie Hancock and DJ Shadow, while 'Emanations" gives the double bass plenty of space in the mix - leading to a low-down groove that's nicely countered by some floating pads. There's even a more synth-aided take on dubstep/bass on the spacey "Emergence".
Following straight on from A Surgeon's retro hip-hop influenced "Soul Movements Trip", this new release boasts two tracks both featuring Hannah Collins and Stevee Bee. Both couldn't be more different from their recent release: A-side "Chasing Love" is all shimmering synths, downtempo beats and Collins' floaty vocals. B-side "Together" is even more laid back and summery with it's mix of hazy electronica, jazzy tones, piano chords and trip-hop beats.
Stomp Son (feat Hunter S Thompson) - (3:03) 110 BPM
Time to don a plaid shirt and a pair of Timberland boots (laces undone) because the early 90s revival is in full effect. Lazy hip beats and sampled loops replace the drum and bass sounds that A Surgeon is more commonly known for. Joined by Stevee Bee on most tracks, "808" sounds like a mythical collaboration between Dr Dre and Cypress Hill. "We Won't" is stoner daisy age hip-hop while the more upbeat and jazzy "Hell Yeah" is evocative of a KRS-1 backing track. There's also a very well disguised sample of Alan Braxe & Fred Falke's "Running" tucked in there too. The most ambitious track here however, is the mellow 4/4 "Stomp Son" an orchestrated affair that features sampled contributions from Hunter S Thompson no less.