Since donning the Jem Stone alias a few years back, former Soul of Man member and Finger Lickin' Records co-fouder Jem Panufnik has delighted at showcasing his musical dexterity. Having previously touched on everything from hazy house, Balearica, funk and dusty downtempo beats, "Black Magic" sees him exploring the world of mind-altering nu-disco. Of course, echoes of his breakbeat-driven past are plentiful on the EP opening "Extended Mix", where scratchy hip-hop samples and punchy horn stabs charge in and out of a low-slung disco-funk groove. The accompanying "Dub Mix" is rather tasty, too, with Panufnik wisely giving greater prominence to the restless bassline, funk-fuelled lead line and trippy, head-mangling special effects.
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