There is a lot of good new music out there, as the many blogs centred around unearthing it about go to show. But the amount of truly great new acts is so slim that it’s possible to miss them entirely. Those with an abundance of talent usually go on to great things – the Perfume Genius LP is a testament to that, whilst being certain to come near the top of any decent end of year list. There are a few that somehow get overlooked, and that Table’s self released ‘We are no longer the same’ album has not been lapped up by everyone is a constant bone of contention. The same could be said for the genius of Larry Gus, the absurdly talented Greek man who lives in Barcelona, improving a recipe almost perfected by The Avalanches.
Hopefully, the same won’t be said of Teams. The work of Sean Bowie, there are definitely shades of Larry Gus in some songs, but any work of such high quality based around sampling is likely to sound familiar in some form. The amount of work released at the moment is limited to one EP and an additional track, but the breadth of ability on show is brilliant. Entitled Catch Pool, it’s the epitomises all that is so exciting about the current movement of bedroom artists making tracks on their laptops. The key word is expansive – there isn’t a moment that doesn’t feel ambitious, inventive and, brilliantly, fresh. In ‘Anml life’ there’s a successful attempt at Balearic beats, before immediately switching to something more restrained and almost Four Tet in ‘Bali’. There are parallels to the Witch House movement on the EP’s title track, but that’s the exception rather than the rule, as Teams usually stays atmospheric without being overtly gothic. Pitchfork have already given ‘Catch Pool’ some publicity, and it’s available on a pay what you want basis, though it’s definitely worth a few quid.