Fulgeance - To All of You

Fulgeance – To All of You

This week’s Friday music review is written by the newest writer to the Oh Drat fold, Andrew McHarg.

To All of You, the first LP from French producer Fulgeance, is an eclectic mix of worldwide styles all fused into a record that captivated me from beginning to end. Bass is a central element to all the tracks; standouts ‘Glasgow Lunacy’ and ‘London Falling’ throw the UK sub-bass style, future melodies, robotic vocals and pulsing chords into the pot, resulting in a totally unique take on bass music.

often aggressive, yet with a hint of quirkiness, resulting in an LP full of character

The album not only provides thick, in your face, bass centric tracks, but also treats listeners to a laid back, chordal number -’Hiver Normand’. The track’s ebbing and flowing chords are king here, and whilst the characteristic bass makes an appearance it is in a more subdued voice. Fulgeance often pulls no punches, yet his restraint here highlights the producer’s musical awareness.

To All of You is a credit to Fulgeance, who manages to impressively mix so many styles into a fresh sound. It’s often aggressive, yet with a hint of quirkiness – resulting in an LP full of character that will surely not disappoint.

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Mike-L – On a Columbo Tip

Veteran turntablist and producer Mike-L’s new album On a Columbo Tip throws thunderous drums, eclectic samples, and some seriously dextrous scratching skills into the ring and sees them scrap it out – before they promptly decide to make love not war instead and combine into a sweet, sweet serenade.

It’s classy, and never pastiche, and the fact that the source material for the entire LP is exclusively original vinyl lends authenticity to the character of the record.

Part sequenced, part scratched, but never sounding forced, On a Columbo Tip also manages to sidestep the ‘wallpaper music’ blight that affects a sizeable crop of sample based (and especially fusion sampling) instrumental hip hop, whilst confidently eschewing the LA-via-Detroit ‘beat scene’ style.
It’s classy, and never pastiche, and the fact that the source material for the entire LP is exclusively original vinyl lends authenticity to the character of the record.

It’s even available on a limited vinyl run, completing the cycle, so to speak. Get it, or a CD, or a digital download, from Mike-L’s Bandcamp page

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