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jabu - Kwaidan
Young Echo's Jabu duo drop haunted beats and crackling soul styles on their 'Kwaidan' mini-LP for Ramp. Last heard on local Bristol label, No Corner, and assisting on Young Echo's 'Nexus' album, here they've refined a smoky midnight sound using Alex Rendall's elegant, detailed productions and dusty, half-lit backdrop for a trio of diverse vocalists ranging from the mannered enunciation of Amos Childs to M.S. Harris' honeyed croon and the slow, deliberate poetry of Rider Shafique. Like their related projects, Killing Sound and Young Echo, the record is steeped in classic Bristol dub and trip hop, at best in the spectral shimmer of 'Chamber' and the weightless yet heavy-hearted 'Limousine', but like the strongest Bristolian records of their ilk, it's made to be consumed as an extended, immersive listen together with the poignant, esoteric interludes.