Tommy the Cat: Cosmik Connection 12″ EP (Unknown to the Unknown, 2022)

February 10, 2022 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tommy the Cat: Cosmik Connection 12″ EP

Dutch producer Tommy the Cat runs the label Cat in the Bag and has released split EPs with Tim Reaper, FFF, Coco Bryce, and other heavy hitters in the current jungle scene. This is his first release on Unknown to the Unknown, and it has a sly, beat-forward style that only sparingly uses other elements. “Flying Papers” has rattling breaks and some swift jungle bass, but besides that, it’s just a soft mist of shadowy synth that somehow makes the beats seem quieter than they are. “At the Yard” also makes you focus on the echoing whoops and softly rippling synths rather than the rambunctious breaks. “In Your Eyes” kicks out the heavy yet taut Amen breaks, keeping it sparse otherwise, but suspenseful. “We Will Stay Together in the Dark” has more involved beat programming, chopping up multiple breaks, and its slowly blooming synths make it sink deeper into the light.

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