Gerry Read U Got No God Damn Groove EP
Young, talented UK producer Gerry Read has issued another 12" via his longtime label home, Fourth Wave. Similar to Read's previous singles and his excellent debut album, Jummy, the U Got No God Damn Groove EP offers an oblique, scruffy, and undeniably compelling vision of house. Showing off a sense of craftsmanship and control beyond his 21 years, Read once again impresses with his unique rhythmic sensibilities, presenting a set of three tracks that deftly pulls classic house tropes and elegance into his almost maniacally sloppy world.
The title track lurches forward with Read's trademark open hi-hats, from which the producer builds a busted house beat, underpinning a repeated, deadpan vocal sample of the track's titular phrase. This all may seem fairly stock-standard for a producer whose track record suggests that he thrives on messiness, but halfway through, the tune switches gears. A bubbling bassline slowly emerges as the track progresses, hinting at a melodic core waiting to get out, and then the vocals give way, replaced by a luminous loop that injects some much needed levity into the song's harsh, warped aesthetic. It's an odd but perfect use of tension, and one of Read's best tracks as a result.
While slightly less revelatory than the title track, U Got No God Damn Groove's remaining two offerings are further examples of the producer's idiosyncratic style. "Rubber Hands" presents Detroit-style loops with a clattering rhythm track that for all its simplicity is also surprisingly infectious. Final track "Andy Asteroids" is the most abstract of the bunch; featuring intentionally disastrous EQ'ing and plenty of tape hiss, the track is a mucky, cut-and-pasted take on analog house. The excellent a-side alone makes this release worth seeking out, and the remainder of U Got No God Damn Groove showcases a rapidly maturing producer who seems to know exactly what he's doing.
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