Boomkat Product Review:
Superb 2nd album of hard-to-lush and playful footwork from the Chi’s SIrr TMO on the scene’s pivotal label, Teklife
A reliable presence in Chicago with a handful of smart drops to his name for Aeronoma and TAR; SIRR TMO wickedly expands upon and gets deeper into his thing with ‘888 (Infinity)’, finding lush and crafty variation within the style from track-to-track. In a classic style of Afrofuturism, there’s a sci-fi narrative bent to the album that really sets it off and binds it together, deploying cherry-picked samples while modulating the light and shade for a pack of trax that don’t just cut it on the ‘floor, but also add up to a absorbing headphone or home listen.
The orchestral pomp and rocking rhythm of ‘On Your March, Get Set, Go!’ set it into orbit from the front, where he glydes off into feathered footwork soul strokes on ’3166’ and pushes into floating ambient footwork on ‘Astral Terrain’, and ‘Do What You Do’ nods sagely at DJ Rashad. ‘Ethiopian Soul Food’ is a standout bit of Chi gear crossing lines with Jamal Moss’s psyko-jazz juke, and ‘Footwork Bossanova’ brilliantly works into Afro-latinate meters, while ‘Mothership 222’ dials up the noirish sci-fi nods in comic book style a la Drexicya and Electrifying Mojo, with ‘What?’ dipping into darkside footwork and ’System Failure 2022’ wrapping up with a typewriter-tapped soundtrack to the imminent collapse of society.