Sirens EP by Cobby & Porky
Maybe I’m just not looking right but I can’t find a review of Cobby & Porky’s new Sirens EP. Gonna have to make up my own. Short version: marvellous afro-funk buy.
Long version: This two track EP comes from Steve Cobby collaborating with Porky (of Pork Recordings). Opening track – Sirens at Dusk – is a misnomer as it contains no sirens. No a whooping wail to be found. *checks dictionary * Oh. There’s another meaning of singing enchantress. Must be that one. It’s a very leftfield track since it isn’t quite the relaxed funk that is the hallmark of the Cobby sound. There’s more than a little afro-beat infusing this along with an almost sense of drone tone. Hard to believe it’s seven minutes long as no sooner has it got going than it finishes – or that’s what it feels like. Cool track.
The other track is Dresden. I’ve no idea why it’s been called after the German city. Perhaps the cover image relating to blasting in progress gives a clue. Perhaps it relates to the controversial bombing campaign of 1945. There is an ominous undertow to the track. And the electronic shrieks don’t help. The bass buzzes away at high altitude the beats have an oily sense. No relaxing downtempo here. Unsettling track.
Another excellent addition to the Cobby canon.