Review: Synth-wielding Melbourne man Harvey Sutherland has been off the radar since releasing his superb debut album last year. While that was musically expansive, this three-track EP is even more ambitious. A-side "Amethyst", is an utterly brilliant, lilting Afro-jazz fusion of the highest order, with celestial horn riffs and starry-eyed pianos rising above a skittish, Tony Allen-meets-Ginger Baker rhythm. Turn to the flipside for "I Can See", a high-octane, 2000Black style workout heavy on spacey synths and sunset-friendly jazz guitars, and a killer rework of the same track by fellow Aussie Rings Around Saturn that re-imagines it as a bass-heavy chunk of deep space jungle.
Review: This two-track missive is a significant one for Harvey Sutherland. Not only does it mark the debut of his Clarity Recordings imprint, but also his first recorded outing with regular backing band Bermuda. Opener "Priestess" is something of an epic, with Sutherland working a tasty groove - think languid, live drums, thick synth-bass and spiraling electronics - for several minutes before unleashing some killer jazz-funk keys and Herbie Hancock style solos. In contrast, flipside "Bravado" is a much more spacey affair, with regular, sweaty drum fills and groovy live bass underpinning wild synthesizer motifs and twinkling electric piano. Both are dancefloor-ready, but warm and loose enough to please jazz dancers as much as disco heads.
Review: Since forming the Bermuda band last year, Aussie adventurer Harvey Sutherland has delivered a string of loose, oven-hot singles that effortlessly combine the best of boogie, soul, jazz-funk and Beatdown style deep house. With Bermuda providing live drums, keys, guitar and bass, Expectations sees Sutherland continue this fine run of form. It's a mini album chocked full of sparkling, sun-kissed cuts that defy simple categorization. For example, "Coast 2 Coast" expertly fuses a deep house aesthetic with elements of P-funk and jazz-funk, while the deep and spacey "Expectations" and "Spiders" - the latter also blessed with sublime strings - feel more horizontal and Balearic in tone. The strings return on the Metro Area-ish brilliance of "Saturn's Return", which may well be the set's most beguiling moment.