CD £9.49 SPCD975
CD on Sub Pop.
Vinyl Double LP £14.99 SPCD975
2LP + download on Sub Pop.
- Includes download code
These guys are Sub Pop's first African signing apparently. I can certainly see the appeal. The first track on here sounds almost exactly like N.E.R.D., from the busy, stylish, danceable production to the lazy vocal style, and the similarities to that band are a recurring theme throughout this album, but they've got plenty of personality of their own too, and some of the more energetic numbers have a more pumping party vibe happening. The beats are sometimes reminding me a little of Odd Future too, but we're spared the monotonous stream-of-crapulence lyricism which so irretrievably sours that band's output, instead leaving us with a bouncy, summery hip-hop record with a streak of melodic darkness, a well-measured mixture of African and Western influences and the occasional moment of genre-bending unpredictability with elements of funk and rock thrown in. In places the vibes remind me a lot of Why?, but the vocals are very different. There's a bit in 'Let Them Talk', my personal highlight, where there's a chunky rock riff and then suddenly it drops down into a little lyrically dense Outkast-esque flow before it, and then they briefly sound a bit like the Make-Up before going into a tasty instrumental post-rocky passage which is very effective. There's plenty of moments like these to be had over the course of the record and the stylistic variety and playfulness really make this record stand out, and I'd imagine they'd keep it fresh over many listens to come.
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