CARRIER (KEYSOUND RECORDINGS)
Long before - four of five years before - the UK garage revival kicked in and "future" garage had even been dreamt up, Sully began finding a space between 2step's swing, dubstep's edge and breakstep's drums, all underpinned by the rude spirit of jungle.
He displayed a deft touch for heart-breaking melodies that could touch people as much as the ruff sub bass could hit them, as evidenced on EPs like 'Phonebox' and 'Jackman's Rec' for the pioneering Frijsfo Beats label.
'Carrier' comes good on Sully's unwritten promise to his long-hopeful fans. It's a short but sweet opus that embraces house, 2step, UK funky, purple synths and juke, with a widescreen, epic vision and Sully's trademark emotive vistas.
In fact, so poignant was one cut, '2Hearts', that it was rumoured to have been held back for the mythical "lost" Burial's DJ Kicks mix.
The second half of 'Carrier' sees Sully - best known for his 2step garage variants - filter his own take on Chicago footwork, combining eski strings, crunchy 808 claps and ravey piano loops at a tempo last used by jungle, while a hitherto unheard UK funky influence is also revealed on Encona'.
Collectively, the album presents a body of work infected by ruffneck pirate culture.