Review: Debutant Dampe resides in South East London, making tracks that fuse distinctively UK influences - think broken beat, the resurgent British jazz scene, Britfunk and off-kilter bass music - with nods to African music and the comforting sounds and dreamy chords of high quality deep house. You'll find all this and more on this expansive first outing, whose many highlights include the gentle tropical deepness of the Floating Points style brilliance "Zongo Junction, At Night", the beat-less, slowly unfurling bliss of "Move Me" and the drowsy broken house brilliance of "Peach Shuffle". That track is also remixed by Nebraska, who beefs up the beats and adds some jaunty new synths while retaining Dampe's deep and intoxicating vibe.
Review: Perhaps the most impressive thing about Dampe's second outing on Dirt Crew is its subtle eclecticism. Compare and contrast, for example, the soft focus, ultra-deep electronica of superb opener "A Basement, Ten Years Ago", with the track that follows it, the dubbed-out, spaced-out deep house bliss of "727 And Arp Breaks (Original Mix)". It's a pattern that continues throughout the EP, with the Rhodes-laden ambient jazz of "Live Birds" making way for the synth-laden, two-step tech-jazz of "Garden" and the tropical dub shuffle of "France". The EP also boasts a fine remix of "727 And Arp Breaks" by Liverpool techno type ASOK, whose brilliantly re-imagines it as a hot-stepping slab of deep space dancehall.