Scott Moncrief's debut album as Thatmanmonkz, last year's excellent Columbising, was arguably one of the most overlooked sets of recent times. It was packed with highlights, and saw Moncrieff showcasing not only sublime deep house, but also all manner of tasty, floor-ready concoctions influenced by his hip-hop roots. He's predictably in fine form on this outing for Dirt Crew, too. Opener "Manna For Poppa" is a deliciously sleazy and slow-burning affair, with hard-wired sax lines riding a bustling, bass-heavy groove and impressively layered percussion. The horns return on the fluid, emotion-rich deep house melancholy of "Intrinsic Divine", while "Space Jam 2017" is a light-touch jazz-house affair blessed with eyes-closed guitar solos and impressively loose drum work. Fittingly, he rounds things off with the bluesy, smoky shuffle of 104 BPM groover "Evolver".
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