DAM MAN­TLE

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Brothers Fowl

Notown Records Glas­gow’s elec­tronic scene is flour­ish­ing, if its re­cent alumni are any­thing to go by. Yet young elec­tronic pro­duc­ers are tena-penny th­ese days. So what makes Tom Mar­shall­say (aka Dam Man­tle) so dif­fer­ent? There’s a sense that the 22-yearold Kent-born, Glas­gow-based art stu­dent is still feel­ing out his bound­aries, as much of this ful­l­length de­but falls off the page with its jum­bled pro­fu­sion of ideas. Lift­ing’s looped clar­inet sam­ple is more ir­ri­tat­ing than in­no­va­tive, while the un­set­tling ti­tle track comes across purely as an ef­fort to show off. Yet when the right el­e­ments co­a­lesce, the re­sults are both in­no­va­tive and thought-pro­vok­ing, as heard on RGB and the off­beat Spirit, which whips a jazz-flecked track into a dizzy­ing, dis­ori­ent­ing tail­spin. A mixed bag of thrilling ideas and half-formed thoughts; let’s see what comes next. damman­tle. com

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