The facts: NeferTT is a pair of producers already well known for their solo exploits in the bass music universe. Their debut EP ranges from hyper-swung, slow-motion boogie grooves to rolling house at 130 BPM. (A digital bonus track, "III," flirts with classic electro patterns.) At points—particularly on the loping G-funk of "Cleo's Spot" and the lush, lazy "Bless Moon"—it sounds almost like Floating Points might be involved. He's not. And ultimately, the question of who is responsible might be less interesting than what's on offer here, because the music holds its own. No matter the tempo or the style, the melodies are generous, the rhythms both effective and original, and the sound as sumptuous as you could hope for.
In "Pyramel," low toms bounce off your sternum while soaring string pads suggest Joy Orbison gone space disco; in "Blue Skies Red Soil," competing breakbeats hug it out against a backdrop of feel-good funk. They're at their best, though, when they're exploring downbeat terrain. "Cleo's Spot" drizzles its portamento lead like honey over chunky congas, while "Bless Moon" frames impeccably swung hi-hat patterns against lush, jazzy keys—as tough, in its lackadaisical way, as it is elegant.
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Tracklist: NeferTT - Blue Skies Red Soil EP A1 Blue Skies Red Soil
A2 Cleo's Spot
B2 Bless Moon