Boomkat Product Review:
Kaleidoscopic styles from Paul White on his excellent album debut for R&S. With 'Shaker Notes' he swaps his hip hop garb for a psych dashiki - most literally on the album sleeve, and metaphorically speaking thru his worldly palette of jazz-wise, Afro-centric instrumentation and 4th world electronic tones. With many other producers that transition could be tragic, but White pulls it off with aplomb, much like his former One-Handed Music label-mate, Bullion's entirely successful switch from beats to luscious pop psychedelia. His production is totally prime, juggling live and programmed drums with vibing keys, synth and vocals in subtle soundspheres ranging from the elegantly echoic chamber styles of the title track to breezier widescreen dimensions in the hauntingly beautiful single 'Where You Gonna Go?' and plangent, dreamy dub-scapes of 'Sitting In Circles'. In between he deftly dissolves 4th world, soul and psych borders, from the swaying Can-meets-Eglo vibes of 'All We Know', to the sawdust-and-sand-strewn mosey of 'Honey Cats' and the slow-motion collision of taut electronic hip hop and ritual psychedelia in 'Wait & See', or the enchanted fusion voodoo of 'Fighting To Dance'.
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