It's been three years since Montreal producer Bowly released his debut EP on Berkane Sol to great fanfare, so this scorching follow-up on Fur Trade has been a long time coming. From the opening bars of the A-side's "Red Right Nighter", it's evident that the Knife & Fork crew captain has matured behind the controls, delivering a pitched-down evolution of his UK Funky calling card that borrows equal parts reggaeton swagger and Balaeric tempos. Meanwhile on "MTSP", omnipresent drum machines turn that funky twitch into a slow-cruising electro nighttime drive. On the flip, Bowly exercises his 303 muscle, with "Tristan" tipping the hat to early Chicago acid house. Meanwhile, finisher "Siula Grande" turns those very acid ingredients skyward, toward the kosmische stars. With an A-side firmly looking forward and the flip learning lessons from the past, Bowly's return showcases a fully armed producer who has spent the past three years absorbing a tremendous amount of exploratory music, and coming out of it able to produce any which way he wants. An essential comeback by one of Montreal's most talented (and patient!) newcomers.
released October 30, 2013
Artwork Alexandra Levasseur
Graphic Design Heath Cairns
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