Sunosis: Warmed

True to its title, Colin Welsh's Sunosis outing soothes with sunkissed electronic charm. Welsh is a co-owner of the West London club Ginglik, which issued last year's stellar collection Ginglik Saturdays: Rhythms Re-Lik (on Ginglik Records in tandem with Bubblewrap Industries) and, not surprisingly, Warmed exudes similarly breezy flavour. With softly whistling melodies spurred by squelchy beats rooted in funk and hip-hop, Sunosis' electronic tracks veritably ooze jubilation. The upper tier's full of incandescent sparkle and shimmering strings while the low end gets its hand dirty with nimble funk-inflected pulses and hints of turntable scratching. An occasional hint of Sunosis' precursors surfaces—the distorted voice that groans and slithers through “Assured Pass” and the synth melody peering above the hip-hop plod in “Harfeda” recall Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada, respectively—though that in itself is no great crime . At 33 minutes, Warmed is breezily short too. Admittedly, some tracks could be longer—the two-minute “Plato” barely establishes its brooding character before vanishing—but there's something to be said for brevity in an era of bloat.

April 2007