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This guy seems to have appeared out of nowhere with this mini-album of laid-back and eclectic grooves which has little to complain about save its brevity at just under 25 minutes. Alembic is the pseudonym of producer Sam Norland, whose achievement here is to throw together many disparate influences to create something which sounds totally modern and unique. From a base of dubby electronica which occasionally veers into hip-hop-meets-slowed-right-down-dancehall territory, the drifty, reverby, chong-battering grooves beloved of the likes of Hype Williams and Flying Lotus float overhead, but there's still a sense of melodic focus and there's always some bright, clear tones from synths or elsewhere to keep everything from simply washing over you. Add to that a smattering of African-influenced percussion and you're in a whole new psychedelic groove-world. This short but sweet statement of intent gives a fresh take on a modern sound that has me very curious indeed as to what this gentleman will deliver next.
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