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Boomkat Product Review:
Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier connects with Brazilian outfit Mombojó once more on this Air-y fusion of proggy electronics and breathy loungecore vocals.
In 2012, Laetitia Sadier was touring Brazil and met with Mombojó, long-time Stereolab fans who passed her a copy of their rarest album. Expecting never to hear from her again, they were surprised when she reached out via social media and offered to collaborate. And after an appearance on Mombojó's 2014 album 'Alexandre', they put together a full EP as Modern Cosmology in 2017. 'What Will You Grow Now?' is the debut Modern Cosmology album, and sounds as startlingly close to early Stereolab as it's possible to get. Mombojó are clearly paid-up fan club members, and their instrumentation is remarkably era-specific, capturing the lounge-y, electrified jazz of the Anglo-French band's unsurpassed 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup' era.
Lead track 'Making Something' is a squishy mix of lo-fi beatbox bumps and Air-inspired library bass, but it's woken up by Sadier's familiar tones. If we weren't concentrating we might assume it was a lesser-heard collab between Stereolab and Warp also-rans Plone, who also appeared on the Duophonic label many moons ago. Elsewhere 'Consent for Life' adds theatre and drama with wonky analog synth vamps and freestyle drumming, and 'What Will You Grow Now?' is the kind of charming electro-bossa that Sadier's been promising for years.