Desmond Williams has worked with everyone from legendary dub-man Scientist to ESL's Thievery Corporation. Therefore, it's no surprise to find that his debut album Delights of the Garden
features a complex blend of worldly-wise beats.
Though never too far from a low slung bassline, this is a garden with an abundance of variety. Afrobeat-flecked grooves, straight-up trip-hop and even drum & bass are scattered liberally among the reggae. These fractured sounds are drawn together through an attention to detail: the insistent percussion of "Saturday" is accessorised with sharp snares and any gaps in the mix of the low-fidelity title track are filled with all manner of thuds, grunts, clicks, plods and clunks.
With each track slipping into the next, this is less an artist album than the segued accompaniment to a perfect Sunday afternoon. Portuguese singer Porti Christina Joo lends more soul sunshine to "First Touch" and "Um Favor". --Kingsley Marshall