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Boomkat Product Review:
Seedling Mother is the follow-up to Simon Kealoha's previous Audiobulb release Small Talk Kills Me, and its Benbecula predecessor, The Bright Spot. While by no means a comprehensive departure from prior works, Seedling Mother finds Calika embracing an almost jazzy compositional looseness, flirting with the kind of live instrumentation and pots-and-pans sampling you might encounter on an early Four Tet outing, or perhaps on an offshoot from the Hood camp, along similar lines to the hip hop melancholy of Bracken or The Declining Winter. Kealoha's compositional skills and production credentials mesh best of all on '2 Quarters Make Half A Smile', throwing together skittering, jazzy drums, a melodic bassline and drifting, fragmented electronics, arriving immediately before you're thrown off the scent altogether with the quiet eleven-minute droner 'Mute'. By the time you reach the closing piece 'Fused' you've fully emerged from the rabbit hole, and find yourself planted in the sort of territory explored by Squarepusher on releases like Music Is Rotted One Note and Budokan Mindphone. It's these contrasts and inconsistencies that make Seedling Mother an enigmatic listen, hard to pin down but all the more intriguing for it.