Some classic ‘90s style R&B vibes coming from this LP from Submerse which melts smooth guitar and silky synths but with some solid beats with echo the urban environment which inspired Stay Home. In line with other groups such as Silk Rhodes, Submerse has made a sultry collection of tunes which mines the ‘90s but stays new. A soundtrack for lounging on the sofa at an early morning house party.
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Last I heard of Submerse was in 2013, after his relocation to Tokyo and domination of chill R&S sublabel Apollo. He’d rode the future garage wave, and emerged with a streetlit music of beats both complex and steady, backed by all sorts of mechanical and environmental hiss. Now he seems to have absorbed bits of footwork and even a smidgen of trap, including some stuttered vocal samples to form another ode to the city life he moves in parallel with.
Stay Home, out on the diverse Project: Mooncircle, charters a path from that nu-garage thing that fellow Apollonian (?) Synkro is so good at reinventing towards the smooth R&B of the 90s, as the record’s description states - a point which has probably come from the press release in a form of e-record-store chinese whispers. Soulful divas wax lyrical behind his sample arsenal and tinkling loungey keys bringing to mind Lapalux, Gold Panda and, during it’s more frantic moments, Machinedrum. It’s those ever so slightly glitchy but always-grooving beats that make this so great, especially when combined with his textural genius and those controlled pockets of '90's nostalgia.
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