Taylor has solid credentials. After learning his trade playing at Soul Underground, a long-running West Midlands soul night run by his parents, he embarked on a sound engineering and production course (where he met Ethyl). This may explain his adroitness with rhythm and percussion. Snares impact with a hefty punch, hi-hats have a satisfying crunch—the groove, it seems, is everything.
On "What Is It," tightly wound toms and gnarled kicks are eventually draped in a synth veil, before the drums once again take over. It's a wonderfully woozy, mid-afternoon terrace kinda tune. The tool-like "Drum 1," which is heavy on the woodblocks and analogue bass, takes the tempo down. "Unsettling" lives up to its billing by juxtaposing jabbering percussion and galloping hi-hats with malevolent minor keys. Taylor may have soul deep in his heart, but his music has a deliciously dark coating.