Meda Fury welcome back Oakland resident Damon Bell for another accomplished EP of rugged cosmic grooves and tribal pressure.
Bell is riding a rich wave of form with a killer recent release on Don’t Be Afraid, and even more fire on the Burek label, not forgetting his impressive debut last year on his regular home, the mighty Deepblak - he’s a proven master at fusing Afro-centric rhythms, rich keys and off-kilter pads into an urgent and contemporary form of house music that deftly eschews cliche.
‘Akebu-Lan’ commences the ritual with a gospel vocal loop over pumping 808 kicks and tranced out swollen pads, giving way to ecstatic fender rhodes chords and climatic piano, reminiscent of Robert Hood - is this Bell's fastest bpm track yet?
Loose/live jazz keys riff throughout ‘Ether’ creating a warm rich miasma of sound against the distressed percussive gyrations and sinister drones.
Hypnotic synth riffs tumble over the powerful drum-track in ‘Altered Visions’ creating a deliciously hypnotic chug.
Drawing the EP to a close, Deepblak and PAN cohort African Sciences joins Bell for the sizzling ‘Kinetic Energy’; a sleazy, skronking cut of slurred moog bass and atonally pitched toms wrestling with thumping kicks and whispered vox pummel the listener.
Published: 28th October 2016