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Striking debut mixtape from NTS discovery Poison Anna, tagging Mobbs on production for a dead brooding downbeat sound coming off like Tricky meets FKA Twigs
Arriving with cosigned admiration from collaborators A$AP Rocky and Dean Blunt, Poison Anna ventures a dankly memorable introduction on ‘Excelsia,’ nesting trip-pop ohwurms and thee crankiest beats on a downward spiral into her shadowy psyche. Its seven tracks feel primed for purgatorial times, exhibiting strength and vulnerability as she appears to carry a certain weight of the world with hypnotic grace and bewitching deftness, aided by the rugged pressure and finely wrought detailing of her co-production with Mobbs.
Call it dark UK soul, trip-hop, downbeat; whatever, it’s a timelessly effective volley of vibes that admits entry to her lowlit world, with concentrated levels of mise-en-scene in the lighting and smoky textures that effortlessly suspends disbelief and most smartly transposes her lonely bedsit mindset to yours. Vocals are kinda sickly sweet in the style of Martina Topley-Bird, and ideally countered by the slow, shapeshifting production, most captivating when poised in the screwed, growling lurch of ‘Comin For Ya’ and elusive yet sensuous on ‘Waste,’ with unmistakable Tricky vibes on the lip-biting discord of ‘Goash,’ while the deathly crawl of ‘Slow Perry’ shows she’s able to go really blunted and fugged-up, but equally able to pull it back form the edge with the hashed-out bop of ‘Faint (Extended Version.)
Deffo one to watch.