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The next release on Moon Harbour comes from mysterious Australian production duo Nil By Mouth. The pair prefers to lurk in the shadows and let their music speak for itself, but so far they have released a considered brand of deep house on labels like Suruba, Save Room and Affin.
This four track Broken Legs EP is no different. It kicks off with the wavy, deep and groovy house of ‘Glabella’. Plenty of radiant pads bring the heat, whilst a lovelorn vocal speaks of the challenges of finding love. It’s heartfelt without losing a certain sense of grit, where next cut ‘Sphenoid’ is more percussive and chattery in its grooves. Intricate sound design and subtly shifting rhythmic patterns sweep you up and never let you go until the final beat.
‘Zygomatic’ has pinging analogue bass notes as its foundation whilst choppy drums and a humid tribalism characterise the top. Some circling synth sounds add a sci-fi sense of futurism and the whole thing is forever shifting in form.
‘Ulna’ is the most colourful, with bright chords bouncing between louche kick drums and crisp, reflective percussion. It’s a classic house groove done in a thoroughly modern way with great use of a male voice to bring the human element.
This EP, then, will likely have many more people wondering exactly who are Nil by Mouth…