The latest release of Lobster Theremin continues unearthing once again a gem of an artist in the shape of London based newcomer, Ozel AB. His four track ‘Crimes’ EP starts with ‘Sidestep To Your Left’, a smokey cut that sultrily emerges from the mid-winter gloom. The press materials liken it to a, ‘forum weirdo’s reinterpretation of Moodymann’s ‘J.A.N’ – which isn’t far off the mark at all, given its ever so slightly off kilter Motor City throb. There’s a slight distance about everything here too – from the detached insouciance of the sampled vocal, to the insistent yet softly lashing chords. With the EP’s other three tracks continuing down the opaque trail blazed by the likes of Actress and his Werkdiscs cohorts, ‘Crimes’ is a collection that’s deep, dark and imperfectly formed.
First Listen: Ozel AB – ‘Sidestep To Your Left’ (Lobster Theremin)
Forum weirdness meets Detroit classicism on the hazy lead cut from the label’s first release of 2015…