Boomkat Product Review:
Coming into view after release of his lauded debut 10” with Whites, the self-released Shields / I Have To offers two instrumental aspects on the thistly soul of Lewisham, London’s Coby Sey, known for his collaborations with Klein, Tirzah and Babyfather, and an excellent NTS Radio show.
As with everything he touches, these tracks ‘fess a raw brand of soul unique to Sey’s sound whilst also sharing as much in common with the noise instincts of TG as much as the textured grit of his peer and collaborator, Mica Levi.
Revolving sawn-off claps, coruscating chord sequence and stray grey noise, Shields is chamber-like in the efficiency of its minimalist arrangement, and in a way that also intersects original instrumental grime as much as Vessel’s coruscating gothic grinders.
I Have To equally impresses that sense of soulful urgency over on the flip, hingeing minor key piano motifs around almost bluesy, trampling percussion with a captivating balance of ruggedness and elegance. Only problem is it’s over so quickly.