When I first heard the new EP from Melbourne’s Chubbie Boots, I got the same gut reaction I had when hearing Royalty or Clap Rules latest material. This EP, released on Audio Parallax, seamlessly fuses so many techniques and genres in a way that is both experimental and accessible. With very obvious house, dub, electro-funk, and soul influences the EP is beautifully produced. The four songs on The Cracks Are Starting To Show display a range of styles while maintaining a cohesive concept.
First we have Adlerwerke, a balmy tropical dub piece with lush texture and echo-y guitar work. Next, the title track most closely resembles the work of Clap Rules with an electro-funk piece that sounds like a balearic Zapp & Roger.
We Don’t Want No Stinkin’ Wurli, my favorite of the release, comes third with a stunningly beautiful jazz-house track that seems to borrow some sonic tricks from LA beat makers. When the jazz vocal samples hit me two minutes in, overlapping with a soloing keyboard, I knew it was love.
The final track How Could I Forget brings back the twinkling guitars for rather minimal doo-wop chop-up. With very little bass, this beat-driven lullaby fades to a repetitive crooning vocal sample.
Chubbie Boots- Adlerwerke
Chubbie Boots- The Cracks Are Starting To Show
Chubbie Boots- We Don’t Want No Stinkin’ Wurli
Chubbie Boots- How Could I Forget