This summer is feeling like something of a purple patch for new music. And now London DJ/production duo Good Block has come forward, bringing more goodness for the warmer weather on their eponymous imprint.
As they say themselves, 'Naiad' draws its digi-dub influences from 90s labels such as Dubhead, but the feel is less militant and stepping. Instead, this is heavier on the synthy ambiance, leaning into the balearic somewhat, and it's damn gorgeous stuff. It comes in two versions, the first being the more blinky-eyed and spangled. Twinkling synths, a driving bassline, some kind of flute lead - we're flying from Kingston to the Café del Mar here, my friends. The Alternative Mix takes us to the towers of dub, opening up space in the sound and rolling it out, easy as you like.
Flip the record over for 'Dryad' and the guys are still keeping it dubwise but riding on a twangy bassline and tribal samples for a slightly post-punk vibe. Once again, we get two live desk takes, the second being a more radical abstract deconstruction. Very deep shit indeed. Essential runnings for your summer and beyond. Get on the Good Block.
'Naiad / Dryad' is released on 18 July on Good Block