The LA based Phil Canty succeeds at setting himself apart.
When a MORRI$ track comes on, you can expect it’s going to sound different from every jam before and after, in rhythm, scale and tone. His kick drum is going to skip a beat. Often. It might also feel like the track is expanding in size as it progresses and it might mysteriously make you feel like a story is being told. Canty often accomplishes the effect of a movie in my mind.
You might not notice the Night Slugs associate’s auditory trickery unless you’re looking for it. If you want, you can just space out and groove. “A Missed Call” is versatile that way. Leading up to a short voicemail clip by MORRI$’ Mom herself, the song starts by clearing space. He uses ethereal pads and spared rhythm in the first few bars to make you feel like you’re walking into a wide open area.
It’s the same feeling I get when I open the door to a bumping club and I’m struggling to absorb it all at once. “A Missed Call” accomplishes all the pleasant topsy turvy of sensory overload while removing the overwhelming aspects. The unpredictable but perfectly quantized hopscotch of “A Missed Call” is a chance to go somewhere new and inviting without ever leaving your office chair.