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Stephen Lopkin

Cathcart Circle EP

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Lopkin is a newcomer, but on ‘Circle’ he sounds like he’s been around the block a few times. That’s a compliment. While some of his peers only scratch the surface when they revisit classic tropes, you get the sense that Lopkin is deeply embedded. ‘FM Track’ is led by a churning bass and raw Chicago beats, while ‘Roland 4’ sees him drop tweaked frequencies over a tough rhythm. Best of all though is the title track, where Lopkin fuses Derrick May-style string sweeps with a jittery groove and bleeps and blips reminiscent of Speedy J’s classic ‘De-Orbit’.
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