For their third EP Featurette, shadowy Wolverhampton duo Letherette come to the Ninja Tune label ahead of a debut album in 2013.
Drawing on Bangalter-inflected house but giving it a rumble and wing, Letherette make infectious, beat-driven music which is as fun and un-self-conscious as it is clever and technically cutting edge. From the exuberant cut-up boogie of “Warstones,” through moments of ethereal beauty on the four-to-the-floor stomper “Ettewards,” on into delicate, poised “Surface” (featuring vocals from Jed + Lucia), and finally the spaced hip hop of “Wecko,” the childhood friends use the Featurette EP to show their range and diversity as well as their technical nous.
After two releases on the excellent Ho Tep Records, an appearance on Brownswood Electric, a couple of stunning remixes (for Machinedrum and Bibio), and a fantastic DJ mix for BTS Radio, plus support from the likes of Benji B, Gilles Peterson, and Brackles, gigs and festival appearances across Europe this summer, and now a trio of fantastic EPs, Letherette are ready to make the musical leap to the big time.
Fort Knox Five - “Dopeness!”
Gavin Hardkiss (Hawke) - “I love Letherette. I’m playing this every chance I get.”
Jay West - “Awesome!”
Alland Byallo - “Fatty cuts! Just the right amount of everything in it, and all pure quality.”
Pezzner - “This whole EP is lovely.”
Kruse & Nuernberg - “Great EP. ‘Warstone’ is wicked.”
M A N I K (Ovum, Culprit) - “DOPE. I can always count on Ninja Tune.”
Giom - “This is awesome!”
Djuma Soundsystem - “Love it!”
Stereo 77 - “I need more of this in my life … like ASAP! Fantastic all around.”
Sebastian Doering (Lovebirds) - “Wicked stuff … full support!”
DJ Rocca (Ajello) - “I really love ‘Wecko,’ but for the floor I’m going straight for ‘Warstones.’”
OOFT! - “Really like the whole EP with its atmospheric 80s references. Great stuff.”
DJ Tomas (Friday Night Session, San Francisco) - “This is one of my favorite EPs of the year. A seriously talented producer.”
Ben Gomori (Data Transmission) - “‘Warstones’ is like cracked-out, tubro-charged French cut-up house with a filthy edge. Amazing. ‘Surface’ and ‘Wecko’ are gorgeous, too. Great EP.”