4 Lux Recordings
Cuttooth by Cuttooth is the work of Nick Cooke and though it’s straight to late-night future bleeps and beats, Cuttooth cuts his path via the hip-hop soul-noir stylings that so many of us first heard when trip-hop was first being uttered as a concept and DJ Shadow was providing the template.
Old Tape Machine (featuring Hitomi) is a highlight, almost kid-gloves-Burial before it rolls (slightly) deeper with FM Radio 1, the album a mix of broken-beat after-hours soul and light house-kissed downbeat ideals.
A lovely mix of instrumentals and vocal cuts – the vocals never dominating, never too showy, never too big – this wash of synths and vinyl-crackles, of progressive electronica reveals more with each listen.
There’s a perfect flow to it too – each (short) piece rolling on into the next. Breathe Deeply is one of the vocal gems, thanks to Sarah Linhares but it’s frame is extended out with an untitled instrumental wafting on away from the tune.
I thought of Bonobo and Flying Lotus working together as Casting Shade, Illusion Symptom and All Of Salem played out – the latter even reminding of The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld (a less happy, less house-y version of Little Fluffy Clouds even, no beat, no pulse, but heart and soul and mood).
The closer (Outro) is only 90 seconds long but it somehow conveys the soft-euphoria, the elation – in a way that the best of Bibio’s music contains a compelling version of joy, that subtle swell of emotion.
Cuttooth has made a beautiful album – its parts fit together so as to lock in; you hear the album made up of separate vestiges re-pieced to arrive as one whole. An undulating, modulating mood-piece, a haze of loveliness, a cloud around a song, a hint of fog, the dust of esoterica; joyful, stately, wafting, gorgeous. Late night reveries to get lost in. And then you find yourself – and hit play one more time.