5/5 iDJ RECOMMENDED
Now I wasn't expecting this. Merka's fantastic debut 'Beserka' only dropped last year, and since then he's also provided eager listeners with a Mystic Man album. A welcome surprise, then, and proof that Merka, as I suggested in the review of his debut, can't sit still for one minute. Knowing his previous form, it's less surprising, then, that this album is exceptional.
Even better, dare I say, than the last. You see while 'Beserka' displayed a vibrant array of sounds, ideas, devices and influences, 'Make & Do' does the same, but with a more consistent theme. A funkier theme, laden with some of his most off-the-wall ideas yet. Take 'Another Place': what sounds like a sped-up Stevie Wonder sample gives way to an Apache break before dipping low into some gypsy jazz before it rolls back into the funk. It's not alone, these oddball concoctions are littered across the album, from the abstract jazz-meets-techno forthrightness of 'Lucky Strike' to the clattering old skool D&B-meets-golden age movie chorus of 'Lime'. This is what makes Merka stand out from the crowd: his blatant disregard for form or fashion glows throughout the mix with mischief and menace. Whoever told you breakbeat was stagnant or boring really hasn't checked this man out. Essential.