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GHETTO MULLET: Life Conductor – 2010 – Album review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Purveyors of fine ‘clicks and cuts’-based breakbeats since a couple of years back, the most sleazily-named outfit in the world return to smack your glitch up with their first full-length LP. Life Conductor sees the sound of stutter funk maestros Kev Guy and Ben Carver come of age in a concise little package (the LP is only nine tracks and a little over half an hour long) that steps up, commands your attention and then disappears again before you’ve had a chance to take it all in.
For those who’ve been mulleted before, it’s pretty much business as usual though perhaps the brevity of some of the tracks (this has nearly twice the tracks of their debut LP but is only 5 minutes longer) lends it an edge of accessibility in a genre which often frequently demonstrates how the instrumental can overstay it’s welcome. Opener Alien Intel manages to come on a bit like the Knight Rider theme over a punishing pitch-bent bassline and epileptic machine-gunner percussion. In fact, the use of samples in this track is typical of an LP which is packed full of samples that remind you of something, or might actually be that thing and yet they’ve been messed with and cut up to the that you’re never quite sure about them. It’s a bit like when you think you recognise someone but aren’t sure if it’s Dave that you used to work with or just someone who looks like Dave – if indeed ‘Dave’ was his name.
Knob To Eleven invites you to do just that by slowly building into a hypnotic pulsing, stop-starty beast and then there’s the digitally flatulent Radio Ransack which judiciously applies just the right snippets of an already cut up soul sample. The biggest props however have to be reserved for the glitch funk of the shortest track In The Mind however, which is catchier than a Velcro beard brush – were such a thing to exist. Time Ticks makes extensive use of a rapped loop and like many of the beats on this prompts the listener to consider why hip-hop producers don’t bother using drum patterns this interesting or to put it another way – whether the ‘Mullet have ever considered roping someone in for mic duties. Nice work. While you’re waiting for it check out the Sounds Of The System (track 5 on the LP) vid below links…
(Out 14 June on Red Robot)
Listen to Ghetto Mullet – Life Conductor
Ghetto Mullet – Myspace

UNDEREXPOSED!…POSTMODERN ESCAPE ARTIST: Free downloads

It’s been some time since the last Underexposed! but fear not this one’s a doozy. PostModern Escape Artist hails from San Francisco and drops trippy cinematic breakbeats like they’re going out of style. Well, alright, if we’re being honest they did go out of style some time ago, so he’s clearly no slave to the constraints of fashion. Mind you – with a name like he’s got he’d probably point out that ‘fashion’ is a relative term anyway given the fragmented nature of reality. All that notwithstanding, such musical fayre is surely due a revival in the next half decade at some point – after all it is fifteen years since the whole Bristol sound/ Mo Wax/ Ninja Tunes thing blew up and the key movers in that scene were already making noises before that. P.M.E.A. himself is more likely to namecheck Shadow, RJD2, Wax Tailor and Dan The Automator (fair enough really as several tracks feature rappers) and he’s apt to use cinematic flourishes from a range of movie themes taking in noir, sci-fi, old school kung fu and pretty much anything in between – which also gives it something of an early Depth Charge feel. His bandcamp site features two quality free LPs for download and I have it on good authority that another gem is on the way. All that and he’s not even in his third decade – one to watch then – cop the LPs here:
Beats & Collabs Vol. 1
Last Train To Nowhere
…and check out the vid below links…
postmodernescapeartist.com
PostModern Escape Artist – Myspace

CHART – JUNE 2010

1. ASM (A State Of Mind) (feat. Sadat X) – Certified Organic
Oz funk-hop/ Brand Nubian back–to-the-old-school boom-bap collab.
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2. Lady Daisey – Big Time
Big summer funk/soul groove from Lady Daisey
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3. Phuture Motion – La Lluvia
Phuture Motion get their summer on with the beats-meets-Mariachi sound of old El Sheffield
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4. A Skillz – Twang Banger/ Poppa Soul
A Skillz reinvigorates Bobby Byrd and Maceo with the aid of Blak Twang and the Ultramagnetics.
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5. Ghetto Mullet – In The Mind
Hypnoticaly funky glitch-hop bump.
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6. Cilla K – Easy To Love
Classy RnB in Erykah/ Lauren mould.
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7. Shade & The Jazz Destroyers – Newborn
Stand-out cut from Record Kicks’ Let’s Boogaloo 5.
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8. Mos Def vs. Max Tannone – Mos Dub LP
Mos Def acapellas + reggae instrumentals = class.
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9. The Black Keys – She’s Long Gone
Big fuzzy blues riffs like Cream gone down and dirty.
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10. The Crabs Corporation meets King Hammond – Bring Down The Birds
Ska cover of Herbie Hancock classic sampled by Dee-Lite.
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