When traditional electronic labels look to diverge and sign someone substantially more guitar-based, it’s usually more than a token gesture. After all, we’ve seen Warp do it with varying degrees of success with Maximo Park, Battles, Born Ruffians and !!! adding a bit of fretboard to the decks. So when Diplo’s bombastically eclectic imprint Mad Decent picks up on a spaced-out kid called Bosco Delrey and puts out his debut album, you’re inclined to wonder what the end result is going to be. As it turns out, it’s pretty fantastic. Classic, soulful and sentimental, ‘Everybody Wah’ is a haze of retro guitars, snaking synth and Bosco’s lazy Tennessee drawl. Like a droopy-eyed Bobby Gillespie filtered through the smoke and leather of BRMC, it’s got style, snarl and the rock’n’roll attitude thousands attempt to hone in bedroom mirrors without ever getting close.

By Reef Younis

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