"Gravel" is the second song on quirky pop group LAKE's 2009 release Let's Build a Roof, one in a long line of singles by K Recs artists (including City Center, Christmas, Chain & the Gang, Joey Casio, Atlas Sound, Kendl Winter and Bobby Birdman) to join the Dub Narcotic Disco Plate 7" 45 series. If you're unfamiliar with the series, just remember that any sentence joining "K Recs" with "Dub Narcotic" will always lead you straight to K Recs ringleader Calvin Johnson, who in this case re-works selected tracks into his own artistic rendering.
On "Gravel," the A-side is the studio track, the most subtle, least-pop oriented song on Let's Build A Roof, with an autumnal feeling and sweeping harmonies like somewhere out of the Lykke Li songbook. The B-side emerges as "Re-grade," overlaid with a whimsical, sputtering melodica (a favorite instrument of Johnson's) and a hypnotic dub-styled rhythm far more dreamy and contemplative than the original. If you're not a LAKE fan, I don't suggest an introduction to the band with this new addition (try the excellent album Let's Build A Roof "Gravel" was lifted off instead). If you are into the band, "Re-grade" will add a lovely, ambient bit of texture to your collection.