We’re all so used to music being homemade now that the fact that someone can get into the charts with something they’ve crafted on a laptop isn’t even worthy of note. But still, there’s an excitement to be taken from the soft, fuzzy feeling of something that has been lovingly handcrafted, the aural equivalent of a scone from your grandma. Liquorice Ginsberg sounds like the kind of concoction she might try force upon you on Sunday afternoon after a few too many sherries and a mixup in the cook book, but instead it’s the collaborative work of two Oakland artists, Elephant & Castle and Bazooka Joint.
In fact, as well as feeling like a brilliantly homespun take upon hip hop beats and mixmaking, on record it sounds like someone trowing a drum and bass night in your kitchen, and instrumental mish-mash of ideas . Part of the new series of release through digital label/blog Mapzzz, the tracks vary from having that honeyed, retro feel to the kind of track you’d want Odd Future spitting over, rarely filling in the gaps between. Perhaps it just feels weird that there isn’t a sample of some forgotten soul singer haunting the track or hazy vocals looming in the background that make it somewhat unnerving but nevermind – get yourself a slice of lemon drizzle, sit down and enjoy.