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Brooklyn’s deep dembow house lynchpins pick and programme the latest Air Texture compilation, hustling exclusive cuts from themselves plus Meitei, Huerco S., Organ Tapes, Parris, Nick León and many more
Fair to say a certain tier of “underground” music has been dominated by Anthony Naples and DJ Python for the best part of decade thru their respective, singular melange of “lo-fi” house, ambient techno, and warm breezes of caribbean dembow emanating their shared base in Brooklyn. On ‘Air Texture VIII’ they offer a survey of their native scene and its binds with UK club music, new Miami styles, the modern ambient psyche, and fresh Afro-Latinate mutations.
Tilting in with the spongiform beatdown of Parris’ ‘springtime flows in three ways’, they gather some 18 tracks that share a rhythmic urgency and special atmosphere, to various extents. On the softer end of the spectrum there’s a frayed gem from Meitei, remixing his own ‘Sankai’, and smudged ether-rock from Vertical Silence alongside the bossa shimmy of 5AM’s ‘Years’, 9 minutes of billowing ambient beauty by Huerco S. in ‘Latautii’, a slinky strip of electronica from themselves ‘Final Speaking’, and DJ Trystero’s washed out ‘Palisade’.
For more gently up stuff, the curators also supply the elegant dembow minimalism of their joint number ‘Entouré’, sharing a dancehall ready pace with Mr. Curtains’ slunky ace ‘Hop’, and the serpentine winner ‘Ecotone’ by Miami star Nick León, and Beta Librae’s ambient strutter ‘Treble Stitch’. However, they don’t shirk on fast stuff either, in the form of DINA’s trance pelter ‘Skin Shed’, the frisky swing of James Bangura, and rrao’s ambient jungle-footwork stepper ‘Zindagi’.