With this fine EP, Neue Grafik becomes the latest 21st century broken beat starlet to be championed by West London's legendary CoOp crew, whose noughties parties at the Velvet Rooms and Plastic People effectively defined the style. Fittingly, Grafik's take on the jazz-fired style owes much to his predecessors. Opener "I Miss Something" is the kind of jazz-funk tinged shuffler that Dego and Kaidi Tatham do so well, while warm, wozzy and bass-heavy cut "Bed Stuy's Mood" inhibits the same sonic space as the drowsy 4/4 fare that used to slip out on labels like Laws of Motion and Sirkus. Both are accompanied by more club-centric revisions, with Danvers' loose-limbed take on "Bed Stuy's Mood" and the rolling, bleeping NameBrandSound remix of "I Miss Something" standing out.
The 22a imprint was originally founded to support underground UK talent, at first specifically concentrating on a small collective of South London producers (Mo Kolours, Tenderlonious etc). Now however, they've thrown their net wider with this, their latest release being from a Parisian artist called Neue Grafik. Soul Conspiracy features six tracks that bear heavy 70s influences (there's a lot of Fender Rhodes work on here) and explores his interest with combining live and programmed electronic instrumentation and drums. Fusing funk, boogie and leftfield house in a totally new way, we're definitely going to hear more from this talented new artist.
The free spirited sound of underground Parisian house soul; Neue Grafik, Hybu and EVANS' new label hits release three with a new homegrown concept; "Icone" is a home for the city's kindred spirits to unite and share smoky, soft-focus narratives. The woozy horns of Rafiki's "La Fourche", Monomite's somnambulant soul on "City Life", Neue Grafik's broken-drum cascades on "Moutons Electriques", Lieu Saint's subverted Jersey-scented filtered house on "Sale Paradis" and the iconic drum machine technoid stutters and oceanic washes of Mad Rey's "Travail De Porc". Each cut unrestrained and hugely versatile; Vertv are not to be diverted from.