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Some three years on from the release of their acclaimed, self-titled debut album, Letherette's Andy Harber and Richard Roberts are finally ready to share the follow-up. Happily, it's another sublime set. Over the course of 10 impeccably produced tracks, the duo shimmies between dreamy instrumental hip-hop (the traditional Ninja Tune grooves of opener "Momma"), loose-limbed, jazz-flecked electronica, spacey Dam Funk style electrofunk (the brilliant "Shanel"), garage-influenced UK house ("Wootera"), blazed downtempo pop (the claustrophobic "Bad Sign"), and various strains of imaginative, colourful deep house ("Dog Brush", "Soulette"). They even find time to squeeze in one of the most beautiful cuts of the year, the crystalline "Rubu".
Spotted weeks ago on Ivy Lab's sophomore 20/20 LDN collection, Icelander Balatron comes correct with his first full EP, this time on Flexout. Hitting on the halftime vibe with a full spectrum of measured, unhurried exercises he's leaving nothing to change: sci-fi paranoia romps ("Onima", "D.Y.E. Pop"), smoky, slinky soul ("Flip Your Hands") springy off-the-wall heaviness ("Flux", "Break") and straight-up off-the-wall 24th century sleaze funk ("Stop Me") all play key roles in this near-immaculate debut EP. Do not sleep on this.
Mr Walker and the Deep Heads label have a pact together - a pact to explore the deep extremities and sounds of bass music. This release, Truffles, is a particular breakthrough, with Walker tunnelling so deep he's found himself emerging, spade in hand, from a hole on a particularly hazy Balearic beach. "Promotion" features spacey guitar licks that waft in and around rolling bongo beats and loose, shuffley drums. "Truffles", meanwhile, is a gentle beachy breeze beach jam and soft as candyfloss clouds.
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