Philip D Kick: Pathways 12″ EP (Astrophonica, 2018)

July 7, 2018 at 12:49 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Philip D Kick: Pathways 12″ EP

Om Unit has revived his juke/jungle alias Philip D Kick for an EP of original tracks, rather than remixes of established classics. This one explores a bunch of different hybrid sounds, starting with the uptempo acid and breakbeats of “In Formation”. “Work That” is sort of a Chicago vs. Detroit thing, recalling both Steve Poindexter and Underground Resistance, before being nearly consumed by jungle (but keeping the fast 4/4 beat). “Drown” is hard yet liquid jungle which revolves around a Gang Starr sample, then plunges into Amen-land. DJ Spinn guests on “Vibe Off”, and it’s a more jungle-centric version of any of the Teklife tracks which have flirted with the genre. “For Real” knits tightly wound electro beats with some flashes of jungle breaks and a thick level of suspense. Very nice release.

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