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Paris-bassed label Promesses joins these pages with Mobbs’ scuzzy, soundtrack-like blend of ghetto-tech, rap and gritty ambient caulk in ‘OneLord’
As a resident of London’s NTS, Mobbs’ monthly radio shows follow a similarly mazy, mosaic style of tiling found here in his first album. Formed of 22 fractured vignettes, the album unfurls like a modern noir thriller set between the Banlieues and the Bits, full of tense synths and interludes recalling late ‘90s style D&B intros and breakdowns as much as immersive computer game tropes, but pulled by rhythms from ghetto-tech, reggaeton, dungeon rap and modern, roadwise African styles.
Highlights come in the likes of his murky stepper ‘Bees’, the teasingly short Arabesque ‘Khat Lip’, the cold and brittle sound design of ‘Belly’, and the parting rap shot ‘TBS’ starring L.A.’s Kane Grocerys, Marcy Mane and SickboyRari. But, as suggested by the fades between cuts, and the album’s undulating flow, it’s best consumed in one go, on headphones, on the bus or on the mooch.