JABU

Sleep Heavy Sound-sys­tem soul­boys mint a mi­nor Bris­tol clas­sic

UNCUT - - New Albums - LOUIS PATTISON

Jabu do a lot with a little. A trio formed from the ranks of Bris­tol’s Young Echo col­lec­tive, their mu­sic is a ghostly, min­i­mal take on R&B and soul in­formed by sound-sys­tem cul­ture and the muted crackle of Burial. It would be re­miss not to men­tion fel­low Bris­to­lians Tricky and Por­tishead – with the for­mer, Jabu share an in­tox­i­cat­ing sen­su­al­ity, with the lat­ter a ro­man­tic dev­as­ta­tion that bor­ders on the ex­is­ten­tial. But there’s no sense of throw­back here. Alex Ren­dall’s gasp­ing falsetto runs the gamut from the pure to the damned, while “Ona” and “Fool If” wind to­gether vin­tage drum ma­chines and cloudy synths into some­thing wispy like weed smoke, but heavy as lead.

BUD SCOPPA

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