Meda Fury welcome back Oakland resident Damon Bell for another accomplished EP of rugged cosmic grooves and tribal pressure.
Bell is riding a rich wave of form with a killer recent release on Dont Be Afraid, and even more fire on the Burek label, not forgetting his impressive debut last year on his regular home, the mighty Deepblak - hes a proven master at fusing Afro-centric rhythms, rich keys and off-kilter pads into an urgent and contemporary form of house music that deftly eschews cliche.
Akebu-Lan commences the ritual with a gospel vocal loop over pumping 808 kicks and tranced out swollen pads, giving way to ecstatic fender rhodes chords and climatic piano, reminiscent of Robert Hood - is this Bell's fastest bpm track yet? Loose/live jazz keys riff throughout Ether creating a warm rich miasma of sound against the distressed percussive gyrations and sinister drones. Hypnotic synth riffs tumble over the powerful drum-track in Altered Visions creating a deliciously hypnotic chug. Drawing the EP to a close, Deepblak and PAN cohort African Sciences joins Bell for the sizzling Kinetic Energy; a sleazy, skronking cut of slurred moog bass and atonally pitched toms wrestling with thumping kicks and whispered vox pummel the listener.