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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