Ladbroke Grove's finest Young Turks introduce the sounds of Quirke, a London-based producer called Josh Quirke, in startling fashion with the Acid Beth EP. Hardcore fans of Pearson Sound will be pleased as punch to see the presence of "Break a Mirrored Leg", which featured on the Hessle man's 2011 Essential Mix and sounds even more stunning in isolation; a cacophony of indiscernible sounds crafted together which build and build in dramatic fashion before dropping away to a brief moment of serenity before the sonic madness takes over once more. Elsewhere "We Landed" and the title track showcase Quirke's mastery of composition whilst "There's A Half Moon In Your Mouth" has shades of Clark about it.
Josh Quirke made his Whities debut back in 2016, providing the seventh release on the revered UK label. Now he is back for instalment 15 and doesn't disappoint. "Vatied City" is an unusual combination, featuring warbling, Warp-style early 90s melodies unfolding and unravelling over a dense, loopy rhythm that has a particularly heads-down approach. "Transport Craving" sees Quirke drop the tempo and intensity levels to deliver more sublime atmospheric hooks, this time realised against dubbed out drums and croaking percussion, while on "Hydraulic Deer", the UK producer delves into abstract territory, as haunting tones and noisy broken beats collide.
As is now customary, Young Turks round off another productive year by bundling together tracks from some of their key releases. There's naturally much to admire, from the sparse and atmospheric outsider electronica of FKA Twigs' anthem-like "Two Weeks", and leftfield 4/4 dark-funk of SBTRKT's "New Dorp, New York" (featuring the distinctive vocals of Ezra Koening), to the delicate downtempo textures and dub-soaked rhythms of Jamie XX. Throw in a slice of immersive, left-of-centre bass music (Quirke's "Break A Mirrored Leg") and a dash of James Blake style fragility from Sampha ("Too Much"), and you've got a formidable package.
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