London producer Jody Barr readies the second release on his fledgling imprint Portable Minds after a successful inauguration that garnered support from Eats Everything, Laurent Garnier and Skream. In for 002 is an uncompromising 3-track EP including 2 tracks from the label owner himself and a stellar remix from Phantasy affiliate Kamera.
The ‘Turbo Jangle’ EP is cold and heavy paring that melds his seismic kicks with rasping analogue synths. Galvanised drums and carefully managed reverb see Barr’s sights set to big-room spaces whilst a subtle suffusion of dub maintains a sense of class. Next up, Kamera - an artist recently collared by Erol Alkan’s label and one who matches the ethos of Portable Minds perfectly - provides his take on the title track.
Hissing textures and tearing hi hats sit atop bit-crushed melodies and menacing sweeps in a revision that manages to maintain a sense of fervid tension without ever quite boiling over. Together all three sit as a serious coup for a label in such early development and provide an exciting insight into what’s in store from Portable Minds.