We were rather impressed by RGL's debut EP when it appeared on Breaker Breaker in February 2017. Happily, we can report that this belated follow-up for the same label is also rather good. There's something particularly alluring about the spacey and evocative opener "T2", where bubby acid lines gently rise above sumptuously intergalactic synthesizer chords and crunchy drum machine hits. That said, we're also rather enjoying the sparkling, broken beat-goes-deep house feel of "LinnQ", with its' Chris Lowe chord progressions and sunny flourishes, while the drowsy, deep space electro warmth of "WQ456" is something of a grower. More confirmation, then, that RGL will be one to watch in 2018.
The Breaker Breaker label seems to specialize in debut releases. Having released the very first 12" from hyped outfit Ross From Friends, they've now handed a first vinyl outing to Tokyo-based producer RGL. His style of deep house is warm and evocative, but also dusty, loose and lo-fi. This tasty combination of elements comes through loud and clear on smoky, off-kilter opener "S.U.G.A", and underpins the stoned jazz-house goodness of "What About", where cut-up double bass, electric guitar and R&B vocal samples cluster around a slipped, shuffling drum track. Closer "Wade", with its' woozy lead lines, cowbell-driven percussion and soul style studio party textures, completes a fine package.
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