The Links EP is Blackhall & Bookless’ latest outing for their increasingly renowned Jaunt> Records imprint. A highly personal release, the EP is a homely affair, celebrating the boys’ upbringing in Whitley Bay with a gusto that’s indicative of the area’s unique charm.
“Links” serves up a dreamy, atmospheric landscape – and one that reflects the location around which the EP is titled. Don Williams’ interpretation goes down the rabbit hole further still, teasing the listener thanks to a range of slashing echo chords and clever sub bass techniques.
The duo’s second original is “Vision”, a dark techno jam that manifests into a stunning tribal hypnodrome. Closing out the EP is “Cognition”, another highly atmospheric track that keeps the listener locked thanks to its many dexterous capabilities.
The striking artwork, meanwhile, showcases a black and white image of where the pair would hang out as teenagers. In that essence, the image echoes their production style, with the two sides of the links joining at the bridge and working together in unison.
JR004 is dedicated in loving memory to Ian Blackhall.
released March 7, 2016
Bside image - JW. The Links. Whitley Bay. Tyne and Wear. 14/01/16