Artist: Dr. Trippy
Label: Disco Gecko
Released: 29th April
Another E.P. of his self-titled Punjabi Swamp Music comes in conjunction with two live shows at the end of this month: The King Arthur in Glastonbury on Saturday April 30th and a free show a The Plough Inn in Easton, Bristol on Sunday May 1st.
The good Doctor begins with 'Amber and the Snakecharmer' where a synth intro leads into distorted flutes and an Indian vocal before the reggae M.C. takes over with accompaniment by the snake charmer which is later joined by some female vocals and overall provides a nice introduction to the release. This is followed by 'Raj Against The Machine' which kicks off with some tablas before a melting pot of electronic fusion packed full of Jamacian and Indian vibes with some vocal snippets that we've come to expect of the Dr. Trippy sound.
The next track '1215' takes a somewhat slow n heavy approach where dubbed out male vocals clash with the female before an Indian male choral takes over. This leads us to 'Who Know's' which begins far more melodic than the previous tracks. That is until the scratching kicks in and the piece jumps to life with lots of sequenced loops and a grating glitchy undertone. The E.P. comes to a close with 'Holey Moley' a slow paced number again injected with Indian and Jamaican vocals and a soothing sax .. just what the doctor ordered.
For me this release didn't have quite the same impact as his last one 'Punjabi Swamp Music' that said it's not a bad little selection of tracks to add to the collection.
Reviewed by Woodzee.
* Available through Bandcamp now and the regular outlets on the aforementioned date.