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Rubber Lips is a collective of musicians from West Yorkshire in the North of England revolving around the creative direction of one Robert Burbidge. Robert's project earned its name as a reference to his years as a professional and in-demand trumpet player, jamming live over the likes of Louis Vega, Utah Saints, and Plump DJs. Rubber Lips is a melting pot of styles and influences, creating a unique blend that captivates the listener. Eclectic acts like Jazzanova, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Zero7 set the tone for Rubber Lips as the the project freely experiments with deep house, ambient-tinged trip hop, and jazzy dance floor workouts within the span of an EP. This latest EP release, courtesy of Panama Red Records, proudly displays the genre-hopping that makes Rubber Lips intriguing while still lodging it firmly in the electronic dance music section of the virtual record store. The EP's title, Port Douglas, was coined by vocalist Jess Smethurst as a nod to one of her favorite places, an idyllic spot in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. The like-named track transmits this vibe with Jess' dreamy vocals and the sparse downtempo beats recalling palm trees, sunsets, and soft sand. A perfect sound to welcome the approaching summer months. Other songs found on the Port Douglas EP include "Time To Get It Right," a warm and lovely slice of jazzy deep house; "Rubber Trumpet," a track reminiscent of old school NYC deep house featuring the namesake trumpet; "Persuasion," a gentle track with shuffled house rhythms and Jess's lilting vocals; "Noodle," a cinematic breakbeat tune filled with pads, trumpet riffs, and spoken vocal samples; "Hotel Martinez," a melodic and breezy tune that wouldn't sound out of place on a Café Del Mar compilation; and "Dughouse," which throws a bit of funk into Rubberlips' lush production sound, coming off like vintage Fila Brazillia.
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