Boomkat Product Review:
Coby Sey, Mica Levi and Brother May’s Curl collective huddle an intimate new compilation introducing us to a whole ruck of new artists on the label’s first group showing since a blink and miss CDr in 2018. This one features exclusive new music from their extended posse inc Daisy Moon, Akinola Davies Jr, Olivia Salvadori, Roxanne Tataei and Coby Sey, Wu-Lu plus a bunch of what we can only assume are either new artists or pseudonyms for core label protagonists. Like everything to do with this lot; expect the unexpected.
‘Curl Compilation 2’ covers a cross section of low key London styles embracing everything from Roxanne Tataei and Coby Sey’s air-spun jazz dirge, to absorbing ambient poetry by Steph Kretowicz and Ben Babbitt that sounds something like a meeting of Wayne Phoenix and Perila drifting on a cloud. Factor in teasers by Akinola Davies Jr, frayed ambient jazz notes by Wu-Lu, Daisy Moon’s melancholic broken beats, and Pelin Pelin’s aching avant-soul, and you’re in properly out there DIY zones.
Perhaps best of all, the set introduces a bevy of new names who are all worthy of further exploration, aside from Roxanne Tataei and Coby Sey’s hauntingly gutted ‘With Fade', the label bosses are either absent from the credits, or else operating incognito, preferring to shine a light on the likes of Olivia Salvadori with her spellbinding chamber drone vocals in ‘An Invisible Ode’, and the pastoral cello vignette of Suny, beside the breezy rap crud of PK Brako and MIC in ‘Curl It Like Cass Pennant’, while Sissy Fuss turns in an electrifying bit of psych blues hollering in ‘Pale Moon Melts’, while Baby___ASL’s Klein-meets-Tirzah-esque burner ‘Bloom’ has already been on a constant loop here for a weeks. Magic bag of tricks this one.