Like his One-handed Music label mate Paul White, Bullion’s blissed-out forays into sound are hip-hop only in the loosest sense of the word.
Using nothing but the finest raw ingredients - vintage funk, soul, garage rock and psychedelia - Bullion sets the dial of his sonic Cuisinart to frappe and produces deliciously thick concoctions of woozy psy-pop.
This EP is essentially four A-side tracks packaged together.
The title track begins with a ticking clock and a snippet from some forgotten garage rock song. I love the way he warps the vocal after bringing in the drums and bass in. It creates an off-balance groove wrapped in a dissociative fog of nostalgia - like listening to The Byrds on a head full of cough syrup. (Just what you might expect from a guy who’s idea of a mixtape is mashing up J Dilla with The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds Songs in the Key of Dee. [download it here])
Are You the One is a gorgeous slow jam that rides a simple but very distinctive marching beat with an old-timey pop vocal soaked in reverb. The combination of the rhythm, an over sized bass line and the translucent quality of the vocal is like dub filtered through a particularly pleasant day-dream.
The other two tracks, Time for Us All to Love and Long Promised follow in the same vein of dazed garage-hop - proggy keys, fuzzy bass, sliced up vocals exhumed from who knows where and drums that are more than a little tipsy.
Listening to this is like smoking crack - it's over in less than 15 minutes and afterward, I’d do anything just to get another hit damnit! Please, give me another hit Bullion. I’ll... well I’m not gonna go there.
Stretch & Bobbito 5-22-1997
4 days ago