Not even Derwin himself could have foreseen the impact his 2010 debut, ‘Lucky Shiner’, would make. Its blend of emotional, analogue electronica and cut-up vocals marked him out as a unique talent. He’s spent much of the time since then on the road, giving ‘Half Of Where You Live’ the feel of a musical travelogue. ‘Brazil’, unsurprisingly, bumps to a samba rhythm, albeit wrung through a mangle of UK bass tropes and deep house pads. ‘Junk City II’ and ‘My Father In Hong Kong 1961’ sparkle with an oriental elegance – the latter is a soothing, looping round of Chinese bells and glacial synths. Set them around rhythmically experimental dance tracks (‘An English House’, ‘Community’) and you have intelligent evolution.
File under Charming, expertly crafted, forward-thinking electronica
Download ‘An English House’, ‘Brazil’, ‘Reprise’
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