Since making his first appearance on Slime two years ago, Niall MacDonald AKA Blackboxx has gone on to release must-check EPs on Finest Ego and, more notably, Dutch D&B stable Fokuz Recordings. "Seablushed", the Edinburgh-based producer's return to Slime, could well be his most mature, well-rounded and musically expansive EP to date. Drawing on decidedly Balearic guitar textures, head-nodding beats, seductive melodies, drowsy vocals and a yearning, sunset-ready vibe, the five showcased cuts prioritise genuine aural bliss over the toe-tapping, shoulder-swinging bass music beats he was first known for. There are two tracks with gentle dancefloor grooves - the rather wonderful "Midnight Dance" and Afro-influenced shuffle of "Stranded Under Sunsets"- but even these prioritise drifting melodies and sofa-friendly aural textures. In a word: luscious!
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