As playful as ever, German producer Hubert Daviz just released an EP which goes far beyond the usual “kick, snare, kicks and hi-hat.”

The instrumentals on Diezel are dark, slow and syrupy. Throughout the EP, the percussion flows from off-kilter to tribal to a 4/4-pattern. A brief Jimmy McGriff sample in “dropDice 101” serves as a spark of hip-hop recognition (“Jazz (We’ve Got)”) before it goes straight back to the beat experiment that is Diezel.

The cover resembles what I think about this EP: it’s a heater.

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