Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma have had quite a year. Not only have they both released high-level solo efforts, in particular Stewart, whose Room(s) LP under his Machinedrum moniker is a strong album of the year contender, but they have also treated the world to a few tantalizing hints of their potential as collaborators. Pencil Pimp/I’m Alright is their third EP as Sepalcure, and after the incredible amount of hype generated by their Fleur EP back in January, these two tracks are set to elevate the excitement about the forthcoming eponymous LP to critical levels.
Pencil Pimp will sound familiar to anyone who has been following the evolution of leftfield dub over the last two years or so, spearheaded by artists such as FaltyDL and Pangaea. Ethereal soul vocals float in a sensuous sea of deep house chords while restrained 2-step rhythms give the music more inertia and physicality than much of Sepalcure’s past work. On the flip, I’m Alright strolls rather than skitters, maintaining the same warm tonality of the A-side but with less percussive force.
Like all previous Sepalcure releases, you’ll find Pencil Pimp/I’m Alright on London label Hotflush, which has evolved from a pure dubstep imprint into a truly vital source of deep electronics. Their 2011 catalog is starting to look like one of the year’s best, and with their recent forays into minimal house and techno bolstering their already stellar selection of UK garage and dubstep, there really isn’t a better place to turn for your afterparty vibes at the moment.