Malik Alston and Javonntte Garrett have been at the beating heart of the Detroit scene for decades now, with releases on Kai Alcé’s NDATL, Patrice Scott’s Sistrum, and Jerome Derradji’s Still Music just to name a few. It’s no surprise that Bristolian-cum-honorary-Detroiter Andy Compton and the two aforementioned would link up on Detroit’s northwest side for a master-class in 21st century soulful house music. This EP, the product of July's 2017 collaboration, features 4 mixes— a percussive heavy “Linwood Mix” from Malik Alston featuring his sensual vocals and a talkbox solo from Javonntte. “Malik & Javonntte’s Side By Side Dub” feature the two stripping it back to the bouncing bassline and syncopated percussion. For the flip we travel to Bristol, where Andy Compton’s mix takes on a bit more of a neo-soul vibe that accentuates his guitar playing and Malik’s vocal and Rhodes performance. The EP closes with “Andy Compton’s Dub”, which puts Javonntte’s harmonica prowess at the forefront.
Published: 18th February 2019