Letherette – EP2 (Ho_Tep)

Attracting attention for their future boogie fusion of funk and 80’s soul, Letherette follow up their debut release from Alexander Nut’s Ho Tep imprint with ‘EP2’, which drops this week on the same label. Having featured Mau’lin’s twisted funk and the blissed out vibes of Throwing Snow’s ongoing musical expression, Ho Tep’s fourth release continues to build the young label’s pedigree and once again shows the RinseFM man’s ear for quality.

Picking up where ‘EP1’ left off, Letherette show that Wolverhampton can mix it with anything California has to offer when it comes to laying down the soul, with an engaging 6 tracker perfectly suited to set off the summer vibes. ‘In and Out’ oozes with class as deep, full bodied bass hums soothingly through an arrangement of shimmering harp flutters, off-key strings and tight vocal wobbles, while ‘Shoe Be Do’ kicks a straight up boogie with a laid back loop of synths that stretch around a retro vocal sample. A more up tempo track that brings a house flavour to proceedings, ‘No Point’ keeps the groove flowing while snapping the beat over shuffling percussion, making a track guaranteed to get you out of your seat and put a smile on your face.

‘Hold Close’ then finishes up with a full texture of classic soul with rich bass, a deep groove, heartfelt melody and layers of high pitched vocals bringing the 80’s back to help heel whatever ails you. The duo’s passion for all things funk beats at the heart of this record, making another worthy contribution to the perma-retro culture that continues to make the past as current as anything else.

Robert McCorquodale

‘EP2’ is released via Ho_Tep on June 13.