Noisy Neighbors

Doctor Jeep, ‘Sphinx’



When you hear the word “sphinx,’’ it’s likely the Egyptian statue that first comes to mind, but this release from Boston-based DJ and producer Andre Lira, a.k.a. Doctor Jeep, is more evocative of the malevolent creature from Greek mythology — part man, part bird, part lion, all menace. Similarly, Lira concocts a stylistic hybrid beast here on these four tracks (including one remix from UK funky standout Champion). “Numi” digs into recognizable trap signifiers with its rhythmic vocal sample and skittering high-hats, but splices in the whirling, manipulated bass lines of traditional dubstep. “Sphinx” too rumbles with a heavy bass music foundation, but its helix-like synth-loop leads conjure an epic race through another bit of mythological lore, the Labyrinth — in which the low growl of the bass is the Minotaur on your heels. “Ghost Dance” is the darkest track in the mix, which Lira describes as “pure dirty grime mixed with future bass 4x4 electronica.” Covering the full spectrum of the tone palate, from the subtle bass pulses to soaring sirens and clattering, high-speed hand-clap percussion, it’s a little bit of everything at once. (Out Monday)

Luke O’Neil


Essential: “Sphinx”

“Doctor Jeep” can be heard at www.soundcloud

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