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Boomkat Product Review:
rRoxymore opens a warm and canny space between dancefloor-centric and sofa-bound sound on ‘Face To Phase’, her debut album proper for Don’t Be Afraid.
The result of her annual hibernation ritual, the album was produced during winter 2018 and sees the producer/DJ dice with a hybrid of styles that just as easily lend themselves to warm-up hours interpretative dancing as duvet diving and post-party slompin’. As such it’s built for the here and now, and pointedly doesn’t concern itself with reflection or projection, but rather offers space to immerse and gently revel in the moment.
Without the need for straight kicks or urgent arps, rRoxymore sets herself adrift between woozy, curdled synths in a beatless jazz-fusion style on ‘Home Is Where the Music Is’ a cut inspired by her friend Planningtorock, while ‘Passages’ sees her introduce drums in a style shared with Batu, but dreamier, while the more insistent likes of ‘Forward Flamingo’ speak to dusky veranda vibes, sloping off into the heady shimmy of ‘Energy Points’, and more knotted tresillo patterns recalling Debit or Amazondotcom in ‘Hectadrums’, and the simmering meter of ‘PPS21,’ all tied together with what sounds like Claude Young and Dego after an astro-blunt in ‘What’s The Plan.’