Even before you stop to question who Bullion is and why his 9-track record has been dubbed a 'NON-LP', one thing is abundantly clear; this guy has been turning heads. Successor to his sold-out-before-release sampler on taste-maker label Young Turks, You Drive Me To Plastic is a sample-laden attempt on 'proper' alternative attention.

The overall sound of the album, painful though it is to be so reductionist, is that of digitised hip hop, cut up beats and experimental fusions of instrument, sound, timbre and timing. Tracks like 'Too Right' impress in the way they bend these disparate tones to the will of the song, and the segue into 'Spirit Mighty' is an effortless and smooth progression into languid wonderment. If nothing else Bullion is obviously a very talented producer and beat matcher, but it's hard not to be beguiled by his ear for strange but pleasant combinations of sounds. He even finds a seemingly fitting place for the neighing of a horse.

One thing this album doesn't deliver on, though it makes no promise it will, is a heavier or more melodic track. There are no real hooks or obvious melodies herein, but in a sense that mostly guarantees the album's longevity, as it means no one track relies on simplicity. 'Pressure To Dance' however does feature a lush little lead and a compelling base line, that sees whooshing synths and vocal samples drowned in reverb used to brilliant effect. A little more in that vein could perhaps have shored up some of the songs in terms of how memorable they are, but it doesn't impact on the moment-to-moment pleasure of them.

Essentially the myriad layers of rhythm and sound mean there is plenty to discover on repeat listens, it's near-consummately put together. The beats aren't intricate but they are varied and well considered, never lapsing into pure build-then-drop or overly scatty ala Max Tundra or Squarepusher. The album isn't exactly epic at a running length 20:40 but it's small and perfectly formed. Once you find the groove, young Bullion's latest effort will keep your head nodding and smile widening, and it's becoming clear that Bullion has a peculiar sound of his own for sure. A 'NON-LP' perhaps, but only in name.

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