- With two heralded EPs for Lobster Theremin under his belt, Berlin-based Englishman Jay Donaldson moves to Amsterdam's Dekmantel label. In Gold feels like a natural follow-up to the Equation and Forever EPs, with Donaldson further developing his knack for hazy Chicago/Detroit-referencing house jams.
"In Gold" is the most pads-driven offering of a trio that all lean heavily on shimmering ambience. Rather than just lending background atmosphere, they form the core of "In Gold," alongside celestial melodies that spiral outwards. "People Of Tusk" deploys fluttering arps and snappier drums for a swifter, more bass-heavy excursion, but its wispy keys and pads are strong reminders of who we're dealing with here. Closer "Sumo Acid Crew" has some distinct elements—chiefly its Auntie Flo-style tropical percussion and a croaking vocal refrain—but it still fits neatly into both this EP and Donaldson's increasingly strong catalogue.
A1 In Gold
A2 People Of Tusk
B1 Sumo Acid Crew