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Al­ter­nate re­al­i­ties col­lide on Scots beat-maker’s de­but.

Nom­i­nally a grime pro­ducer, 21- yearold Edinburgh na­tive Joe Pow­ers is also patched into dance mu­sic’s global net­work, his ag­ile elec­tron­ica here tak­ing equal in­spi­ra­tion from Chicago’s foot­work scene. He’s clearly a big fan of la­bel­mate Burial, too, given the sim­i­lar way he in­ter­leaves his quick-step­ping beats with fuzzy sam­ples of street con­ver­sa­tions, phone calls and me­dia broad­casts. Rhyth­mi­cally com­plex yet deftly con­trolled, Scotch Precog sounds like it’s con­structed en­tirely from frag­ments of dial tones, Dopamine is rem­i­nis­cent of Wi­ley’s ice-cold “eski” beats, while Dish Wash­ing has a limpid, aque­ous am­bi­ence that feels like it’s been chan­nelled from a par­al­lel dig­i­tal world. Lis­ten To: Scotch Precog | Dopamine | Dish Wash­ing

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