Understated and effective rhythms,
This review is from: Carrier (Audio CD)
The most appealing thing about this album is how back to basics it is. A track like 'Scram' runs on fleet-footed drum-machine clicks straight out of footwork territory and a galumphing bass-line. Similarly 'I Know' uses a submerged vocal over quick beats and a simple piano motif, and not surprisingly Zomby's 'Dedication' is a good reference point for this particular song.
'Let You' is the coolest thing here, a sexy r'n'b mantra stuttering forwards over a quietly lurching bass instrumental. 'Bonafide' is a beautiful piano melody layered over spare drums and impatient snaking footwork beats, and the last song 'Exit' is even more thoughtful and melancholic.
Footwork's repetitious use of vocal samples is an obvious comparison point but they're used in a very economical way here, and are never the most important part of the overall fabric of a song. It's worth pointing out that the first four tracks are the most basic garage/funky tracks here, with the subtle footwork influence leering out the speakers later on. A very effective but understated album of fantastic tunes.