String Theory – Modularity (Rhythm Section International).
This excellent four-tracker from Glasgow, on Peckham’s always-interesting Rhythm Section label, dropped out of nowhere in April. Opening track Dirty High is the instant winner, channelling early Floating Points-style swung house drums with analogue arpeggios, live bass and light-fingered Rhodes keys, but the one I’ve returned to most is the closing cut, Lucidity, which pushes the beats into a more broken direction with a warm palette of keys, bass and guitar.
It’s always been hard to convincingly fuse live jazz playing with electronics – there’s a million generic house tracks with a noodly solo slapped on top – but these guys have nailed it from the ground up. Hopefully there’s more to come.