When Tommy Vicari Jnr released the Mic Ang EP back in January, we took note of the Englishman’s rapidly increasing profile; in the months following, the rate and quality of his output has exceeded all expectations. Over the course 2016 so far, he has put out 11 EPs already and still has several more awaiting release—quantities largely unheard of in electronic music. The torrential approach poses tricky questions, risking overexposure and poor quality control. Up to this point, however, Vicari's output has dodged those pitfalls. After decades working his machines he evidently knows a thing or two about refined composition, and each of his recent EPs has done something stylistically a little different.
Wud is no exception. Picking a theme and sticking to it, each of the EP's four cuts embody some feel-good aspect of early '90s dance culture nostalgia, passed through Vicari's house-inflected filter. Its appeal is tough to resist: blissed-out chords fly round liberally and seductive vocals drop here and there, pinned together by his tight percussion.
Three of four cuts are piano jams of sorts: "Out of the Box" a slice of proggy tech-house, while the sexy "Undered" is not too far from classic New York house. Closing track "Persu Nil" is probably the most memorable of the bunch, with some vague UK-garage flavours—wobbling bass, shuffling hats and jittery key stabs. The rave-ready title track pursues a different path, focussed instead on a retro whomping synth; another welcome throwback on a record that breathes new life into classic sounds.
A2. Out of the Box
B2. Persu Nil