Tussle – ‘Tempest’ – (Smalltown Supersound)

Tussle’s fourth album was recorded with JD Twitch, one half of Optimo – of whom the band are big fans. ‘Tempest’ is the result of their collaboration, and it’s a much more organic, live process that suits the quartet well. There’s a cheeky edge to their music at times, which comes out best in ‘P44’ with its recurring chord hook, while elsewhere there are some nice dub flavourings to the psychedelic ‘Yume No Muri’ and the disco-heavy ‘Moondog’, which picks up the pace. The band move through different rhythmic profiles with effortless ease, meaning that their combination of experimentation and floor filling drive works really well. As colourful as the cover promises it to be, this is an album that gives more with each listen.

4 out of 5

Reviewed By Ben Hogwood