||"Numb Nut (Soft Brain)"
With his 12" for Swamp81 and single for Ten Thousand Yen providing some of the best bass releases of the year, Mickey Pearce's return to Loefah's label is something of a cause for excitement at Juno HQ. The fantastic artwork - which we're guessing explicitly references the classic Face magazine covers of the 90s - is worth the price alone, but thankfully the tracks are just as good; "Numb Nut (Soft Brain)" is a kicking fusion of minimal afro rhythms, abstract vocals and reverb-heavy tones held together with an indistinct bass glue, while "Socks Off" offers a similarly brilliant take on the grime-inspired formula, combining sinister strings and threatening vocals with heavy toms and malfunctioning handclaps. We're promised an album from the producer next year - on the strength of these tracks it should be something to look forward to.
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