Within a couple tasty releases for Vancouver-based imprints Collect-Call and 1080p, Soundcloud-era child Mall Grab has steadily grown into a surefire purveyor of leg-stretching, dusty house material. Capable of radical rhythmic shifts and bends throughout the same side of an EP, the Australian producer alternates no-nonsense floor pragmatism and deliberately lazed-out structures. Slowly but surely, his sound seems to find its own cruising speed, in and out of the very en-vogue lo-fi family.
Revealing a will to diversify, his new twelve for emerging Bristolian label Shall Not Fade pays a nice tribute to the UK scene’s strike-force with its slapping title track. ‘Alone‘ sounds like the static-filled equivalent of a David Kennedy instrumental, giving prominence to an addictive bassy brunt of percussions and sharpened hats slivers. Still, the rest of the EP ploughs the same furrow Mall Grab’s been working in recent times with further skills, deploying his ever-inspired touch for vocal samples and mellow themes with conviction.