Google-proofed compendium of goodness from a stellar set of players; Eliza McCarthy & Mica Levi, Madteo, Joanne Robertson, Chuquimamani Condori (Elysia Crampton), LA Timpa, Steven Warwick, Jonathan Leandoer96 (Yung Lean), Die Reihe and many more
Assembling around mutual connections made at shows between London, Paris, and New York; the diverse roll call of composers, singers, rappers, and producers all share something of a beauty-in-melancholy-and-audness musical purview, with each lending a shade of a familiar style that adds up into something that quietly and baldly transcends the sum of its parts.
Pulling together 16 tracks, it’s really built for reflective home-listening, with a lowkey laminal elusivity that will keep keener listeners rapt. Hugely influential (yet criminally undersung) talent Elysia Crampton serves a real beauty with spare solo piano piece ‘Stars Over Riparian Corridor’ under the Chuquimamani Condori moniker, and there’s an unmissable shoegaze collab from Mica Levi and the angel-tongued Joanne Robertson ‘Pull’ that dances right on our nerve endings, while LA Timpa plays to his guess-again strengths with a strangely sensitive 12 minute noise abstraction ‘Self Respect (I’m Part Of It All)’.
Madteo keeps it groggy and fractured on his two parts, including a scratchy Sade cut-up, and we’re also snagged on the hazy, mazy ambient noise of Brandon Juhans (Hanz) in ‘Ninety Nine’, and the keening bittersweet discord of Behavior & Mayako XO’s druggy dirge ‘Deicide’, while the lesser spotted Steven Warwick (Heatsick) provides scuzzy electro-bop zap on ‘Delicious’, and Jack Callahan’s Die Reihe trades in tight trews rawk with playfully daft choose on ‘Brown M&M’s’.
Aye, it's a goodun.