South London funk quartet The Expansions come through with a musically dense and rich new EP titled Mosaic. Following their impressive debut album Murmuration, released earlier this year, the group continue experimenting with new sounds and develop their sound even further.
Despite it only being 3 tracks long, the compositions on this record are vast with funk and jazz-driven melodies. Tracks like “Mosaic” are colourful in nature, with an incredibly groovy bassline from Matt Summerfield that is excellently interpolated with James O’Keefe’s mesmerising guitar solo, which steals the show completely for me. The drumming from Jonny Drop throughout is incredibly intricate and straight up amazing, while Dave Koor brings a more ethereal tone with mesmeric keys and synth leads. “Transcoso” is more downtempo but still provides incredible depth in sound, as it builds up with incredible keys and a faster-paced beat that builds into an electrifying last section. “Mariposa” is just a colourful, incredible groove that sees James, Jonny, Dave and Matt at their very best, creating a groove, disco-inspired jam that ends the EP with a bang. A beautiful project that has so many layers and incredible grooves to it, that it might be one of the best EPs of the year.
Big ups to the guys and Albert’s Favourites, who always put out excellent music. You can listen to The Expansions’ Mosaic EP below via Bandcamp, and make sure you support!