Jamaica Suk
Trusst EP
Face To Face

7.6/10.0

Jamaica Suk's new EP coyly interlaces layers of weird sounds into traditional song structures. It's techno at heart, but there's something more to it. Consider the title track: it's driven by a steady, deep beat - a delayed, percussive synth line slowly becoming more and more prominent. Nothing too out of the box - but, around the 4 minute mark, she starts to interpolate some kind of off-tempo plucked strings which could easily make you miss a beat or two. It's something Four Tet could have pulled off on his more danceable releases, such as 2013's Pink. Another outstanding track on the EP is 'Infragrant Behavior': a slow-building crescendo which Jamaica chooses to abruptly end after three minutes when a bubbling, almost off-key melody jolts from the song's 4/4 beat - eventually climaxing into a throb that slowly but steadily dies out; a lonely synth fading away, the only remnant of the song's apex.

Weird sonic tweaks such as the above are rooted in Jamaica's varied musical past - interestingly, she's a jazz-trained musician who has played in shoegaze, psych and math rock bands. However, while one might imagine such a musical evolution to take the form of Flying Lotus' trademark jazz-slash-electronica sound or Floating Points' minimal live-band feel, Jamaica has managed to create her own vision of experimental club tracks. Her songs are straightforward, but have a slight glitchy quality to them; her approach is based on repetition and, in turn, feels pleasingly hypnotic - even transcendental, at times.

Dazed and Longevity retain the same qualities, but in smaller quantities. The former is a burbling seven-minute banger whose synths sound like an acid version of the ones Ricardo Villalobos used on the dancier bits of his masterpiece Alcachofa, while the latter is a clear-cut example of Berlin-infused techno. There's nothing wrong with them, but the quirks that make the other two songs on the EP are a little bit muffled here. However, Trusst shows potential, and it'll be interesting to hear what Jamaica comes up in 2016.

Tracklist:
01. Trusst
02. Dazed
03. Longevity
04. Infragrant Behavior