Mailbox: Picpoul – The Feeling

Can acid be summery? Sure, I used to love to drop it lying under the sun in the fields in Central Park. Same goes for the music, why can’t squelchy resonant filters be used in the context fun uplifting breakbeat happiness? They surely can.

Picpoul, an artist from the UK, sent me these two tracks recently. Picpoul is the name of a variety of grape that literally means “sting the lip” — named as a result of the grapes’s high acidity. So it shouldn’t be lost on anyone that Picpoul (the artist, not the grape) is going to have a knack for the acidic.

The first track I got is a remix for fellow Londoner Hardt Antoine–all dark swirling acid psychedelia over tight JB yelps. Perfect acid breakbeat workout, if you ask me. Out now for streaming, or on bandcamp.

Hardt Antoine – “Awa Power” (Picpoul’s Awa Acid Remix) (sc)

The second, “The Feeling”, is from the recently released maxi-single of the same name. It takes those acidy basslines and pairs them with the kind of go-lucky unfiltered breakbeat looping and piano stabs you might hear on a Dusky record, then layers that with the intermittent use of a low in the mix robot telling the listener to keep up the search for that feeling (which I’ve interpreted to mean that feeling I used to get in the fields of Central Park). Also out now for streaming, or on bandcamp. (And be sure to also check the B-side for more of these lip stinging summertime vibes.)

Picpoul – “The Feeling” (Extended Mix) (sc)

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