Philip D Kick: Off World Tales (Astrophonica, 2023)

May 1, 2023 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Philip D Kick: Off World Tales

One of the originators of footwork jungle completes a trilogy of EPs for Astrophonica which began in 2018. The seven tracks (plus one “party loop”) are tightly wound tricky rhythms precision engineered to elevate your mind and your body. “Predator” injects spikes of fear thanks to well-timed drum breaks and horror soundtrack strings. “Orbit” is the most junglistic track, and clearly my favorite. “Replicant” has shifting break patterns (half time? double time?) and bubbling acid synths, clearly evoking a sci-fi atmosphere while also showcasing the trippy qualities of the hybrid style. It’s credited as featuring Om Unit (PDK’s alter ego, or the other way around), and it has a bit of the flavor of his Acid Dub Studies tracks. A lot of the shorter tracks on this release feel far more like DJ tools than fleshed out songs, but the heavier ones carry the bass weight.


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