D AT SEA
Anchors and Diamonds UNFD
Funny how even the most characteristically un-metal acts can edge their way into our radar in the right circumstances. Doyle “D At Sea” Perez has the unique privilege of being poppy (and handsome) enough for your little sister to froth on yet still revered by a portion of the Aussie hardcore scene as one of their best-kept secrets due to his origins there. “Little Love” brings a lilting reggae feel to its verses and benefits best out of all the tracks from subtly tasty drum grooves provided by none other than Periphery’s Matt Halpern (yeah, we’re as surprised as you!), while the title track and “Pop, Flip, Catch” reinforce the pop element with a high sample and synth pad factor that, although a little cheesy, is not entirely tasteless. Will Perez ever escape the tag of “that dude who did the ‘Carrion’ cover?” Maybe not, but he’s taking steps in the right direction.