Review: Al Wootton – Body Healthy (Trule)

Wootton returns to his namesake with 4 cuts of UK-centric firepower.

Al Wootton’s sound has come a long way. His earliest works as ‘Deadboy’ occupied a housier territory; lush and hazy. But the Wootton of today wears a darker guise; leaner, tougher and packing more of a punch. Wootton returns to his name sake for the 3rd time this year with 4 cuts of UK-centric firepower via his own label, Trule.

Body Healthy is a lesson in anxious atmospheres and uncompromising sub bass. The EP’s title track wraps itself around a bumpy 4/4 beat and ragga vocals, whilst ‘Graver’ supplies an excursion into the deep, as itching percussion toys with a paranoid bassline.

‘Bad Sound’ is the EP’s dubbiest adventure, complete with bouyant bass weight and rattling breaks, as ‘Prophecy’ rounds things off – a dark 2-step bomb drenched in dub fx, and reverberated vocals.

Body Healthy is out now on Trule.

Words: George Hancock

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