Returning with another stonker for Sector 7 Sounds, the notorious grime imprint fresh out of Bristol, we have Jook. The Brighton-based miscreant has been secretly distributing and circulating an ample supply of war dubs for some time now; with the lucky few recipients often unleashing his unreleased ordinance in their live sets. Whilst he undoubtedly still sits on a large cache of his own signature grime and 140 dubplates, the world has been fortunate enough to receive some fresh ammunition in the form of this 4-track EP.
The work as a whole is a nostalgic throwback to the good days of grime (you can almost hear the playground cyphers being recorded on Blackberry phones), especially in tracks like ‘Gold Rush’ and ‘Flying Nimbus’ – which have a distinct Wiley-esque flavour in their crunchy, distorted synth leads and the percussive footwork, but with some fresh and new sonic energy materialising in the track’s arrangement (with melancholy bridges and eerie sci-fi pads arpeggiating in and around the left and right of the stereo).
The highlight of the EP has certainly got to be the second track ‘Rolling In His Grave’, which slaps with a trance-inducing beauty. This is definitely courtesy of it’s memorable lead; a sound built from clockwork chimes, ever so slightly detuned and swaying, accompanying trappy hi hats and a pounding kick typical of the rap game, all in all, an incredibly visceral and cold track to have had me frozen in such ways, casually bopping and waving that finger like the holy cross on this Good Friday (at the time of writing). Thank the Lord, for he has answered.