No frontin’ from Morlack as he delivers a new party breaks LP, the thirteen-track Bluff. The producer is one of the few scene players who actually troubles to knock out whole albums and not only is this his ninth full-length effort (thus surely giving anyone else’s record in the genre a thorough trouncing) he continues to maintain an envious level of consistency. Those familiar with Morlack’s ouevre should be aware by now that 80s funk and in particular DC Go-Go music has no bigger fan on earth, yet while this influence has stylistically dominated recent drops it is arguably less of a presence here. That’s not to say it’s absent though of course – this is Morlack we’re talking about!.
Opener, Sex Me, for example creates a swingy-glitch number with a dash of ragga vocals while the follow-up, City Cane provides dnb thrills topped with talkbox vocals as our man demonstrates his magpie-like instincts for sounds and samples. In fact it’s not until track three, The More You Blow, that you get the kind of funkiness that has certainly typified Morlack releases of late. Elsewhere, Unicorn provides funky party hip-hop vibes, Number 10 and 2Be In Family deliver funky nu-disco, the title track another swing-glitch hybrid while No, Not A Racist grimes up the breaks. Those with a penchant for P-funky and Go-go influenced material won’t be disappointed either and not the least of reasons for this is the presence of the crashing synth-funk of Hairdooz, the sparse Rick James-infused Cold-Blooded and the bass-slappin’ Why Don’t You Think About Me. In truth though, anyone who has been following Morlack for a few years will know that far from heralding a change of direction, Bluff‘s apparent variety is actually only drawing together two different facets of his production i.e. both his love of 80s funk and his compulsion to splice disparate influences that you wouldn’t think would work together but actually do so rather well.
(Out 30 August on Funk Blasters)