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Boomkat Product Review:
Promesses player Apulati Bien transmutes iPhone sketches made on Parisian trains into natty bass trax starring Haitian MCDomoreless Zoekila, and Mexico’s Vica Paheco
Following directly from his 2017 album ‘OO:NÉ’, the original sketches for ‘RER Tracks’ were made on the titular train that same year, and polished up more recently at his current residence in Brussels. They feel immersed in the transitory madness of daily life in a big city, and yet detached from it, like a fever dream recollection of the olde world.
The deft collage of opener ‘Zaco’ portrays a sort of waking dream state, with scurrying melodies and vaporous flattering evoking the feeling of going with the early morning rush hour flow, into the reverberant dimensions of ‘Garedunord’, and an ace ambient dembow parry with Vica Pacheco in ‘Ouest.’ The EP’s other vocal cut ‘Oz’ is a major highlight, chopping Haiti’s Damoreless Zoekila into something like a wonky Slikback workout that shares a needling, dissonant oddness with ‘Fon du quai’ that feels very 2020.