Gotham-based beat scientist Space People returns to Styles Upon Styles with Wet, the long-awaited follow-up to 2015 debut, SHMM. From the neck-snapping wobble of "East" to the clap-that-ass insistence of "Work," Wet finds Space People combining a post-Timbaland, found sound futurism with a powerful helping of gridless, hard-swinging cosmic slop.
But here, a hard ear for the weird doesn't mean a lean towards the tedious, as is often the case: the 6-track set clocks in at just shy of 16 minutes, a refreshing bid for concise length and split-second motivic development in an age in which the ocean's motion is often all but an afterthought. Wet succeeds as a work both succinct and expressive, tending as much towards the psychic as the overtly sexual, and uniting the two in a humid orgy of avant-garde boom-bap and boogie bass.
A capable multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker, Space People builds frenetic, funk-laden tracks using digital and analog synthesizers, drum machines, and an expansive sample library. His work showcases a sound that is just as likely to recall Charles Stepney's cinematic arranging or Giorgio Moroder's harmonic palette, as it is J Dilla's poltergeist trying to skype you through your home appliances.