Dean Blunt, Panda Bear, Vegyn Combine On ‘Downer’

Ghostly shades of shoegaze...

Dean Blunt has shared curious new track ‘Downer’.

The enigmatic London based artist skirts between countless genres, with his extensive catalogue veering between warped club tropes, the surreal UK rap of Babyfather, and beyond.

‘Downer’ seems to tap into his more guitar-rooted inclinations, with the fuzzy effects putting you in mind of some lost Creation Records cut from 1991. Aptly named, the song sucks you into a vortex of sound, rooted in that tick-tock digital pulse, reminiscent of early Massive Attack productions.

Sitting somewhere between the twin Bristol poles of trip hop and Sarah Records – intriguing to note that those sub-cultures occupied the same city at the same time – the cute-as-hell vocal comes from Panda Bear, with Vegyn on additional production.

Quite a triptych, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Out now, ‘Downer’ is both an affecting song in its own right, and a piercing critique of the tropes it embodies; it’s worth remembering that those early bar italia releases came out on Blunt’s own label, World Music.

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