Familiarity Making the Heart Grow Fonder, Nepheww.

Familiarity Making the Heart Grow Fonder, Nepheww.

“What am I doin’ here/ With another man’s wife/ I’m shakin’ in fear/ I’m a fool.”

Adulterous words first warbled by Syl Johnson back in the ’70s here reprised by London ambient house prodigy Nepheww – née Jacob Taylor – of whom, it would appear, we’re only growing increasingly fond as we become that bit more familiar with his slight of hand and the immaculate craft thereof. If Oxgam were a work of decelerated Afrobeat genius, then Just My Luck instead evinces another side to his incontrovertible talent, as Jacob here turns his studied attentions to a neat shuffle reminiscent of Andy Carthy’s Keep It Unreal that comes replete with all these admirably subtle shifts of certain segments. Trebly keys may ascend as surly bass tones wobble beneath, their patterns ephemeral and totally interchangeable, but like an illusory Rubik’s Cube compatible with even a pair of monochromatic eyes, never are these layers and varying levels incongruously pieced together. Indeed not altogether dissimilar to an Over And Over redux you may yet keep plating up long after this year’s out, Just My Luck may just become Taylor’s calling card in time…

Nepheww’s SoundCloud.

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