Michael Upton has been making music as Jet Jaguar for close to 20 years now and after last year’s fun-stroll/troll, Five Production Mistakes Even Professionals Keep Making (They’re Not What You Think) – one of a handful of EPs in a clear-out – he now offers up Hoops. It’s just four short sets of beats and pieces; from the cool, rolling charm of the opening, title track, a hint at how Madlib might blunt down a John Carpenter film score, through the Boards of Canada-goes-blip-hop-crazy Small Noodle, to Tram Lines, inching toward the sort of sounds Christoph El’ Truento is making and then finally we stop with Shak. This is the skittish, jittery, post-Aphex/Ambient soundscape that Jet Jaguar knows – and does – well.
Just 15 minutes of your time – but it feels like all the time in the world, like time suspended; time then to play it again. And again after that. Name your price – so spend as little or as much as you like, gift it about the place, give the man some of your time and your coins. He’s making great music. Still.