After making serious (shock)waves with their debut release earlier this year, Leeds-based label Blip Discs returns this month with label boss Tom ‘Blip’ stepping up for their sophomore offering. Ahead of it’s release, we’re delighted to premiere the video for B-side ‘Shekere’, a mesmerising blend of black and white ceremonial footage, masked by distortion and swathes of evocative colour which compliment the engrossing groove. The video also pays homage to the origin and instrumentation sampled on the track, featuring engaging scenes of them in use.
The EP itself is no sophomore slump, delivering two more impressive tracks with a strong percussive core, bulked out by additional live instrumentation and a little bit of Blip magic.
‘Wrong Guanco‘ samples a solo conga recording, infusing the rhythm with further recorded layers to build a cacophony of drums that shake the ground and rattle the bones. A playful but subtle bass line undulates underneath, influencing the rise and fall of the track and the direction of the dancing. Accompanying the rolling rhythm of ‘Wrong Guanco’, B-side ‘Shekere’ slowly builds to a vocal crescendo, the sound of the African undergrowth cleverly recreated with shimmering shakers and rattles. The standard for the next Blip release has certainly been set high once again.
‘Wrong Guanco/Shekere’ is released on the 17th August via Blip Discs.