Rhythm Section sub-label International Black (soundcloud) has just unleashed their third EP, again with 19 year old jazz student Mallard, and also with another young producer known as LT. Collectively, they are known as J.Deep. We were first introduced to Mallard via his debut RS INTL EP, ‘Verte’, a deep and often lo-fi excursion into house music’s more chilled out realms. He returns with a track aimed more squarely at the dance floor, and it packs a punch, with the arrangement and musicality highlighting Mallard’s musical training at Trinity College.
“Common Era” is a long journey. Clocking in at just over ten minutes, it feels like an aqueous transmission from a lost underwater colony. Never dull, the track progresses nicely as subdued synths and arpeggiated bells flutter over a simple, but effective, groove and bassline. A track like this benefits from its length, and a talented producer like Mallard knows how to effectively pull the listener in various directions using subtle changes to the percussive and instrumental sequences that allow for one to feel lost in, rather than fatigued by the track. Songs like this are perfect for headphone listening, but also quietly effective on an after-hours dance floor. We could certainly see this going over well during a sunrise, the calm before a storm of more uptempo early-morning beats.Mallard is certainly one to watch, and with Bradley Zero’s guidance and support, we’re expecting big things from the young jazzman.