The new album from Bristol's Young Echo collective. Despite featuring big names like Kahn, Neek, Vessel, Ossia, and Jabu, the collective have chosen to be presented as just that, a collective. The presence of so many collaborators adds to the uncanniness that lies at the Young Echo sound, and makes for a compelling document of this vital crew.
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- YE002 / 180g vinyl 2LP on Young Echo, housed in gatefold sleeve, designed by O$VMV$M & Joshua Hughes-Games
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What is it about Bristol and collectives? Is it the constant availability of weed to smoke and walls to graffiti on that makes people want to be together? Many years on from The Wild Bunch that eventually spawned Massive Attack we get this essential new bunch featuring some names you already know (Vessel, Ossia) playing an unusual slo-mo brand of perfectly stoned hip-hop which brings memories back to the original movers and shakers in the similar Anticon collective of San Fran.
But nothing could be as English and indeed as Bristol as this. Rhymes are delivered in unashamedly southern UK accents over brilliant churns of smoked out samples and beats that are finding it a hard time getting out of bed. Occasionally moving slow enough to think I've got it on the wrong speed, the collective approach yields dividends with a number of different vocalists moving to the front of the stage. This creates a varied sonic template for their smudgy sounds which take in elements of soul, dub, reggae and through it all into a smokey haze. Though you'll like this if you like Massive Attack, early Tricky, Third Eye Foundation if you want to hear people rapping over the Caretaker and Grouper records this will give you a similar sonic experience.
I had to get it on the headphones to get the full experience but throughout the four sides all I thought was that in twenty years time, people are going to love this.
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