For Julien Dyne’s third album it’s more of the same – in terms of quality, in terms of the overall waft; the placement of after-hours soul music, broken-beat restored, wonky, woozy, wobbly no more. But each album is a progression for this talented musician and beat maker, each album has its own sound. So this is not Glimpse and it is not Pins and Digits and it is not similar to the work Dyne has done with Ladi6. This is December and it is “a month” of languid hip-hop beats (Kingawesome), of Flying Lotus protractions (Thinking One Thing And Doing Five Others) of DJ Rels remixing John Carpenter (Slider).
I’ve found December to be the perfect album to wander in and out from/with – I’ll put it on and let it soundtrack a part of my day and if that means disappearing from earshot and returning half an album later then it’s still the perfect source music – it excerpts well but does play through in full like some post-midnight/pre-6am spacey non-concept album. There are vocal cameos from the usual suspects – Parks, Mara TK and also a collaboration with She’s So Rad (Real Life).
But for the most part my favourite moments are the instrumental creepers, they have a groove behind them (inside them) always but they take their time – they in fact make their (own) time. They exist in their own space. It’s that beautiful waft and drift. And that’s what first lured me in with Pins and Digits, kept me there for the ride through Glimpse and it continues still with December. Each album great – each album remarkable as its own thing, but each a jigsaw puzzle piece, they slot together even if you can see some jagged edges. You gotta love those jagged edges.
My favourite thing about December (the album) is that it’s different every time, but always familiar. Strangely, that’s exactly how I feel about December the month.