London-based triumvirate Lets Go Swimming are gliding with their sold out, impeccably-headlined parties. Taking your name from an Arthur Russell song demands a return in quality and with three releases under their collective belt, it’s safe to say the newly-formed label is delivering. The latest comes from one of the founders, William Earl, and going from the jungle to the club, Young in the Tropic is a contemplative exploration of the producer’s creative moods and sounds.
The title track has birdcalls from the canopies and heavy tribal drumming from the undergrowth, and like a rainforest, there are plenty of layers to peel back. Less wild, more glossy, the A2 is resplendent with ad-libbing guitar, tinkling keys and dreamy atmospherics. Engrossing throughout, Earl’s delicate melodies eventually fall the back of the mix, giving the pitter-patter percussion room to breathe until it’s gradually chipped away.
Things get emotional on ‘EMTN’ where a sampled voice describes a state of mind many clubbers can surely relate to. Punctuated by monolithic slabs of jagged bass synth, the track sways like a giraffe under the influence of some powerful sedatives. Diverse in the range of styles it presents and awash with experimental flourishes, we reckon a certain American cellist might have enjoyed Young in the Tropic in another life.
Young In The Tropic is out now on Let’s Go Swimming – buy it direct from the label.