LETHERETTE – In July Focus [Ho Tep]

Announcing their arrival with 2010’s less than imaginatively titled debut EP on Ho Tep, Wolverhampton duo Letherette peddle a skittish, smokey, after hours r’n’b that can prove sophisticatedly lo-fi.

Residing on a sublabel of coffee table urbanites Eglo (home to minimal Wagon Christ reanimators Floating Points and Swedish neo-soulstress Fatima), Letherette’s experimental interludes combine the awkward, glitchy rhythms and arcade thrills of Hudson MoHawk with the heady soulful mysticism of Flying Lotus, stretching out to near song length in 2011’s follow-up EP 2.

Star turn of the former, ‘In July Focus’ is a good deal more punchy than their norm, with an entry-level sweetness and a twisted hook so compelling that its brevity and arguable lack of direction are entirely forgiven.

Augmented by a obliquely cheeky line in videos and a growing arsenal of expansive, haunted backroom remixes for the likes of Bonobo and early collaborator Bibio, there are surely some works of austere majesty to come from these high-rise hinterland wolves.

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