Joe, Slope / Maximum Body Muscle

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[Hessle Audio]


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A record from Joe is a seldom seen treat. One of those producers whose sense of mystery does not seem affected or contrived, he simply drops adventurous records — occasionally — which make an impact and will still be played a decade from now. This is primarily because they exist in that strange hinterland where true idiosyncrasy lives — they sound like absolutely nobody else. Odd, buzzy building blocks that roll out beautifully and feel organic in the true sense — drums that sound like they’re coming from inside a tree or reverberating around a wet cave, bass that has a 70s phat desk glow. Above all they afford a real sense of empowerment to the DJ — tracks that can be taken in any number of directions without sounding too tracky.

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“Slope” is a slow-burning, garage-infused roller hinging on curious percussive gribbles that have been sourced from who knows where. Bubbling, four-note bass shuffles in time, before broken beats are joined — slowly — by a sinister tremolo pad and meaty 4/4 rhythm. This is about as far down river as Joe has gone, and he works that sweet spot between high dramatic tension and classy release. By proxy, “Maximum Busy Muscle” is a stern workout that references the more hallucinatory outposts of UK funky in its use of cascading carnival drum patterns, harsh rimshots and cut-up vocal snippets — very dance floor, very big stack. And while this is the most overtly rowdy track that Joe has produced, it has more than enough layered nuance to keep the interest. Two fine additions to the modest canon of one of the most consistently fascinating producers in the bass spectrum — essential rare grooves.

rubin  on October 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

this is a very good review of a fantastic piece of music

Haynes  on October 14, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Agree x 1000!

Also LWE do the best music reviews on the World Wide Web

littlewhiteearbuds  on October 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Thanks, Haynes. We aim for that.

Henderick AKA Thelonious Funk  on October 14, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I am always intrigued to see how a reviewer can explain the brilliance of an EP that also consider superb. Never heard of this producer initially but after hearing it a day ago I absolutely agree on the quality. Spot on Harry…

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Little White Earbuds October Charts 2013 – Little White Earbuds  on November 1, 2013 at 12:04 AM

[…] 07. DJ Qu, “Eden” [Yygrec] 08. 400 PPM, “Lean Manufacturing” [Avian] 09. Joe, “Maximum Body Muscle” [Hessle Audio] 10. Valib-R, “About Freedom” (Retro:grade Reconstruction) […]

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