Admittedly Hush Hush Records’ possessing of the “night bus” sound can effectively be surmised as “post-Burial”, but the Seattle label’s bandcamp is still really worth a trawl through (although you don’t necessarily need to be hunched at the back of a 4am bus watching rain trickle down the window to extract the full effect). An excellent place to start would be Kid Smpl’s ‘Skylight’ album from late last year. Comfortable staying in its own skin, and more overtly sentimental than anything William Bevan has ever gone near, ‘Skylight’ was a gently captivating collection of aching, insular instrumentals: enough to risk throwing even the most toughened mind into the throes of melancholic uncertainty. Now Hush Hush are sharing two volumes of “re-imaginings” of Kid Smpl’s debut – the first of which has been shared today, and features reworks from the likes of devonwho and Fades.
Some of the offerings play it safe and stay rather too loyal to the source material, but there are some excellent contributions too. Domokos (who Dropping Gems associate DJAO singled out as one of Seattle’s “dopest” when we spoke to him in March) delivers a clattering take on Left There, and the ever-impressive Jerome LOL shares an extended takedown of Star Ocean, which packs in a glitch-ridden opening, midnight-hour saxophones and a breezy house beat before pulling out the 303s around the 5 minute mark. Stream/download the album below, and keep an eye out for the second batch due this time next week (4th June) – which will feature efforts from DJAO and Hush Hush labelmate j.Faraday.