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Gang Colours – In Your Gut Like a Knife EP

June 19, 2011

Originally posted on The 405

In Your Gut Like a Knife

Will Ozanne, under the moniker Gang Colours, is the latest talent to be signed to Giles Peterson’s London-based Brownswood Recordings. The catalyst for this was Gang Colours remix of Ghostpoet’s ‘Cash & Carry Me Home’, who in turn recommended the exciting young producer of post-garage electronica to the label; with the result being the release of debut four-track EP In Your Gut Like a Knife.

Now from the savage, violent wordsmithery of the titles mentioned thus far you could be forgiven for thinking this EP as an angry, sharp diatribe against the world; the paradox however is the music is anything but; dark and spacious at times for sure, but always exuding a soulful, earnest, warmth.

Take second track ‘Fireworks in the Pocket’ where we have the definite blueprints of garage/2-step, however once Ozanne re-appropriates the genre something tenderly evocative with a bit of heart emerges; from the smooth R&B-esque vocals on repeat to the disgustingly thick bass present, whilst the whole package is slowed down to a fanciful pace. To add to this, a skin-burying catchy electronic melody is present before we’re greeted with a halt half-way through as the track threatens to engulf in it’s own tension, plummeting through the atmospheric air. Beautifully unnerving.

A collage of phantasmagoric sound is present in ‘Dance Around The Subject’ (as in all the tracks really), with our old overly-used adjective spacious making a return in between the warped pitches and skewed electronic tones employed. Often what’s just as important is what’s not included. In this respect its the most Becoming Real-esque, without the ice-cold distant delivery.

Title track ‘In Your Gut Like a Knife’ is a classy, beguiling number and a real mellow pleasure, as the deep bass oozes underneath the highly-reverbed, chopped-up vocals that linger reassuringly in the air. It’s reminiscent of James Blake, and indeed early James Blake, in it’s more stripped back structure – and just as powerful too.

Such is the fascination/cliche with the South London electronic, “postwhatever” scene it’s difficult to believe this doesn’t eminent from the urban soundscapes of South London (hailing from Southampton as it is), but it fits in with contemporaries of this loose scene, such as Mount Kimbie and the aforementioned acts; though, being original, creative and powerful enough to find a niche of his own.

Genre-dodging as he may be, the fuzzy, ethereal tones converging with a blunted urban influence gives the EP a grime with soul feel, containing the same spirit and ease of, say, an Apparat. It’s a hugely promising, emotionally-smart debut that drives up the excitement for the full-length album that is due later this year.

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