- Aquarius Heaven further cements Wolf + Lamb's reputation for putting out electronica that challenges, subverts and yet still has one foot firmly on the dance floor. Former dancehall and hip-hop singer Brian Brewster has decanted to Berlin having fallen under the wing of French trio dOP during a stint in Paris. 7 Days, his EP for Circus Company earlier this year, introduced his quirky vocal style and experimental, somewhat fruity tech funk to the public. Like its predecessor, the Can't Buy Love EP is different. Very different.
"Interview" is true to its title, and has Brewster talking over a sparsely-populated track of organ drones, snippets of Aboriginal percussion and scuttling background interjections. "Can't Buy Love" is a potty-mouthed treatise on male/female interaction, full of popping drum patterns and eerie, funereal synths. "Keep On" mixes minimal-style touches, an elastic, sinuous bassline and big, emotive pianos from the Dubtribe Soundsystem school of deep house. "Summer Love," perhaps the most dance floor-friendly track here, is a snappy, jerking, acidic workout, before proceedings wrap up with "Stop," an oppressive, Massive Attack-like mix of shamanic mutterings and dancehall-tinged trip-hop with a suitably spooky vocal performance from Brewster. Sweaty, dirty and deep, you'll need a shower after making your way through this.
A1 Can't Buy Love feat. Dani Siciliano
A2 Keep On
B1 Summer Love
Digital: Interview feat. dOP