Ever since the above picture emerged speculation has, been rife as to just who was the creator of Sicko Cell, a crunching 808-driven banger dropped at shows by Loefah, Joy Orbison, Pearson Sound, and many others, always credited anonymously. The photo was posted on the Tumblr of Loefah’s label Swamp81 over six months ago and shows the single packaged with another track titled Knock Knock, but it has taken until now for the mystery producer to finally be revealed–it was Joy Orbison himself.
A-side Sicko Cell is a really meaty affair–taut percussion and bellowing sub bass tied together by the unsettling repetition of the “I’m the information/cocaine powder” sample. It may be not be the most complex of formulas, but it sure hits the spot, the potent mix of rumbling subs and the dystopian vocal hook having proven a success as an after-hours anthem already. Knock Knock is more fragmented, rhythms glittering rather than thumping, samples hacked apart then sewn back together around the percussive scaffolding.
Few labels can boast a string of 12”s as fantastic as Swamp81’s 2011 catalogue so far. Boddika’s 2727 and Electron/Underground, FaltyDL’s Mean Streets Part 1, Addison Groove’s Work It/Sexual… they really have been hitting everything out of the park so far this year. Long may it continue.