Elmore Judd's music is a heady mix of art-funk, soul, hip-hop and pop, compounded by African dance and folk, rembetica and vintage horror soundtracks. The North London trio’s last album for Honest Jon's - 'Insect Funk' - was acclaimed in the national press as "deliriously inventive and macabre lo-fi soul music played with infectious glee" (The Independent). Its four contributions here elaborate the same engrossing mix of musical sensibilities.
'Petrol Laughs' is an out-pop adventure, musically bumptious but psychologically uneasy, 'Wires 2' is bubbling, buzzing and soulful. 'Golden Goat' is a cold-sweat take on the 'Snakefinger' classic, 'Synth Grub' a dubwise head-nodder, layered with bleeping, humming ambience. Bullion is the next-door-neighbour of the Honest Jon's shop, in Ladbroke Grove, West London, and frequent close collaborator of Jesse Hackett, from Judd. A world away from the sample-based sound of his early releases, here are two of his most potent and accomplished efforts to date, steeped in a kind of replicant eighties-groove: the worked, stop-start DevoEsk features his bold new vocal manner, steel-blue-eyed amongst the synths, machine-funk claps and metal percussion, whilst his Synth Grub version is more moody, linear, low-slung.
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