M5K - Time 2 Jam EP
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When I met Micka, aka M5K, for the first time at the album release party, I asked if he’d ever been to Los Angeles. Surprisingly, he replied that he’d visited just once. You might assume he’s steeped in the Cali G-Funk scene with West Coast vibes resonating across the Pacific throughout his new Time 2 Jam EP. M5K is another fine example of the Melbourne Sound that’s so entrancing the way it blends synthy, groove-heavy electronic music with a blast of thumping funk-for-your-trunk bass.
This release is something more musical and compositional than most modern funk, even when
compared to more established names. Resuming where he left off on his previous Absolutely Real EP, this feels more refined, giving every track a natural progression that’s nuanced by these continuous build-ups and releases. Each song doesn’t just follow a simple formula ending up right where it started, instead taking you on an unmarked journey along a smooth, winding, oceanside road with the top down.
Spanning 25 minutes and 6 tracks, each written, performed, recorded and produced by the artist, it’s certified bangers start-to-finish. The vivid, low-fi album art, its perfect representation; hand-rendered Sharpie doodles, pixelated, as if to mirror the analogue synthesizer lines and drum machine hits programmed by hand before becoming digitized themselves.
The result is a retro-futuristic, colourful, instant classic that sounds like St Kilda Beach on a mid-summer’s arvo. For anyone who hasn’t been, you can substitute the feeling with Venice Beach or another bustling oceanside locale where the sun is shining and the beats are bumpin’.