in a similar vein to that of the two armadillos, nyc don of the deep fred p (in his black jazz consortium guise) is to release a new album over the course of three eps, with this here being the first instalment. as bjc, p ditches his buried deep kick drums, unassuming grooves and darkened atmospheres in favour of a much more explicitly heart warming sound. opener ‘free your mind’ (interestingly featuring the vocals of a woman he met at tokyo’s eleven club last year, soon to release an album of her own on soul people music) is for late night lovers. feathery shakers, the slightest tinkle of percussion and a distant patter of toms all float about until united by the faintest of kicks. subtle synths stretch out to an invisible horizon and minako’s breathy spoken tones hang heavy in the air above. and that’s about it, for nine minutes, yet still it feels too short for the beautifully intimate, candle lit mood it portrays. the same track remixed in the hands of sinbad gets filled out with a fatter, more rubbery bottom end and some infectious finger clicks. so too is it wired up with some brighter, more cosmic sounding synth squiggles and a warbling, grubby bassline.
‘science & art’ feels like just that, the coming together of vintage jazz tropes with modern electronic grooves into a bleary eyed and dead of night lullaby. backing the spare and celestial keys, which form the centrepiece of the track, tiny glitches, static crackles and endless echoes add spacial depth and the necessary grit to keep you engaged as you float about in vast and soupy spaces. the keys linger long in the mind as various other sounds momentarily distract one’s attention, with the overall emotional effect being wholly devastating. closing out part one ahead of the – so we’re told – deeper then darker parts 2 and 3 is ‘kleem’. built on a hulking, deliberately slowed kick drum chug, it’s another freeflowing track where synths which sound like strings are forever smeared in the background and only a light scattering of percussion betray the otherwise smooth and liquid aesthetic overall. in summation, then, as connoisseur as it comes.