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FYI Chris

Earth Scum

Black Acre
Producer duo FYI Chris coalesce a generous nostalgic scoop from subcultures past to create a quietly brave debut. The “Northern-bred” duo forge a link between raving in the Hacienda and their tight-knit music community in South London. Rolling house loops and sci-fi synth- lines gently unfurl beneath most of the tracks, veering off into a handful of key guest slots along the way. Simeon Jones adds soulful vocals to two tracks (including chicken shop hymn, ‘Morley’s Preferences’), while Mancunian punk poet Thick Richard tells a gritty autobiographical tale on ‘Scum Of The Earth’. It’s an erratic sort of album — FYI Chris reconstruct a disco beat on ‘Black Dragon Loop’, only to ramble around with subdued acid on ‘Green Paraquet’ moments later — but this is just a reflection of life in a contemporary UK scene full of contradictions. Well worth a look. TRISTAN BATH