Interestingly, Steven "Funkineven" Julien's follow-up to 2016 debut album Fallen had two major inspirations: the musical influences offered by his extended family (hence the title, Bloodline) and the Roland TR-808 drum machine (when he started the recording process, Julien decided to pay tribute to the iconic engineer who created it, Ikutaro Kakehashi, who passed away this time last year). While the latter influence is evident throughout - particularly with a suite of heavyweight, off-kilter jack-tracks and sweaty, alien techno workouts - it's harder to know where Julien's relatives fit in. Certainly, there's woozy warmth to be found on album second half's more open and melodious cuts, which variously touch on new-age synth-pop, vintage analogue deep house and the producer's beloved '80s soul sounds, while retaining his trademark jammed-out looseness.
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