“Patches” is the début EP from Canterbury producer B£AMS. Brimming with warm washes of drone, Patches forms a persistently morphing cluster of stoned hip-hop, gospel and highlife. Densely layered stutter beats, drunk synth, lost voices and temporal distortion flit in and out of earshot, inducing a joyful lostness. Riding this sea of colourful wooz, B£AMS channels Madlib, Delmar Edmunds and Matthew Dear with stumbling ADHD enthusiasm.
Occupying a colder, unheimlich universe, side B reveals the first recordings from enigmatic British doctor and sonic traveller Tesla. On this collection of songs, entitled “Lazer-AC”, he dredges sea caves for dense undulations of jazz-infused drone and marshals armies of static from somewhere above the clouds. Hypnotic mantras, eroded landscapes and encoded loops are run through analogue tape equipment, à la Matthew David or Leyland Kirby, as Tesla collates the muttered instructions for some gestalt machine. Astonishing.
"These songs exist in the space between sleep and wake - where time bends and bubbles, divine murmurs fizz into the distance and technicoloured layers of synth and stutter beats collapse under their own weight.
"Flitting from one blissed out, mind-bendy daydream to the next, B£AMS boasts all the attention span of a stoned Madlib. And that can only be a good thing." (The 405)
"Velvety keys and molasses drone ooze before ideas collapse and whispered vocals bubble and retreat Doppler-like. TESLA is more of a mystery. Cavernous, anodyne ruminations soar high like vapour trails before morphing into expertly twisted hip hop beats reminiscent of Prefuse 73 or Matthew David." (No Fear of Pop)