Dam Mantle - Brothers Fowl (4 stars)

Dam Mantle - Brothers Fowl

Psychedelia-infused, sample-driven release from prolific and versatile producer

(Notown)

As anyone witnessing this Glasgow-based producer’s recent live shows will attest, Tom Marshallsay is in a different league to most electronic producers. 18,000 Soundcloud followers suggest he’s doing something right on record, too.

Impressively, for a debut album proper, Brother’s Fowl (on his friend Gold Panda’s Notown label) is a marked departure in sound from the claustrophobic bass music of 2011 EP ‘We’. Fewer synths and kick drums and a more sample-based soundset, lifting jazz drums and pastoral brass lines result in something you could almost call down-tempo – which is unmistakably UK in sound. There’s a warm psychedelia throughout, especially on tracks ‘Canterbury’ and ‘Blueberry’. Having successfully reinvented himself with each release to date, let’s hope he’s as prolific as he is versatile.

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