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- fantasii by Mhysa
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Mhysa’s ‘fantasii’ finally sees the light of day on vinyl, after kicking about on digital for about six months. Released on Rabit’s excellent Halcyon Veil label, Mhysa’s production fits neatly with the labels aesthetic but is also a singular album in the label's catalogue. Maybe imagine if Beyoncé released an album on NON produced by Rabit and Chino Amobi and you’re perhaps some of the way to imagining what it sounds like. Yet those comparisons really would discredit the unique thing that Mhysa has happening on this album. The way she sometimes collages, layers and manipulates her vocals makes them an integral part of her soundworld as opposed to the more conventional R&B approach of singing along to a track. This is apparent from the opening ‘Special Need Intro’ and the narcotic haze of ‘Glory Be Black’. She brings looming bass and gargantuan chopped beats to the pristine, swirling ‘Spectrum’ before ‘Tonight’, which is something of an ode to Beyoncé’s ‘Naughty Girl’. Then into the booming ‘Strobe’ with camera click-clacking and a flow that kinda reminds me of Lil’ B. The sensual ‘Bb’ moves with a wonderfully lugubrious pace. The ghostly ‘Siren Song’ sounds like it’s being beamed in from the other side of a mirror - as though her reflection were singing back at her through beams of bright white light. ‘You Not About That Lyfe’ creates intensity with frantic beats and shattering glass, while closing track ‘For Doris Payne’ takes similar glassy sounds that rattle over gaseous drones and spoken word. Then a brief silence before an explosive, booming version of Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’. There’s no doubt this lady’s got skills.
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