32 Degrees is as hot as is it sounds. A bonafide, boogie influenced, summer warmer featuring former Myron and E soul man Eric Boss with his Lucid Paradise and Pendletons partner Ishtar.
While the bass digs deep into disco territory, the west-coast vocals are surrounded by spacey atmospherics that shimmer with heat. Stepping up the tempo, Modified Man bring the synths up to another level. Linn Drums and 808s battle for supremacy in a body-shaking bass booster. What starts out as a straight ahead disco work out quickly turns into a fully galactic, hi-hat orbiting bump fest.
Jonny Drop’s debut, Sub Plot, was the very first album release on the fledgling Albert’s Favourites label at the beginning of 2016. The initial offering, a 7” of album favourites Mind Field and This Is The One had quickly been picked up on by the good people at BBC Radio 6 Music as well as some of Drop’s personal heroes including Kenny Dope, Mr. Thing and Nightmares On Wax. But when the infectious rhythms and warm production of the beat tape landed, its impact was greater than anyone at the label could have hoped.
Although Jonny never stopped producing beats in the following years, he was also kept busy as a drummer, playing live for Andrew Ashong, The Bongolian and Connie Constance, whose Boring Connie EP he also laid down beats for. Then in early 2018 his band The Expansions delivered their celebrated Murmuration LP. All the while, with the support of his label family, Drop had been evolving his solo sound too.
“The Only Sound sees a huge progression in my writing direction, as I collaborated with multiple vocalists and musicians, instead of the usual 'one-man band' approach. The development of these processes make this LP a steady departure from the beat-tape influence of my past releases, and hopefully, showcase the more original sound I've been working to achieve over the past few years.“
The new album is more atmospheric, emotional and expressive. It is filled with beautiful vocal performances, musical contributions from label partners and close friends Deoke and James O’Keefe, and inspirational London jazz composer, flautist and master saxophonist Tamar Osborn (Collocutor/On The Corner). Additional voices include Sarah Williams White, Shea Soul, Grace Walker.
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