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Praying Mantis

The Manchester-based producer Walton returns to Pinch’s Tectonic for the label’s 99th release with a duo of cuts that explore the micro niche of ‘sinogrime’ — a heavily Asian instrumented, digi half-step sound that was explored to acclaim by Kode9 on his 2005 ‘Sinogrime Minimix’. And whilst my description of this particular musical spectrum is properly reductive, what Walton does is best personified on ‘Koto Riddim’ where he contrasts stark, spacious, dubbed-out dread with passages of Chinese and Eastern melodies.