Boomkat Product Review:
Whities introduce the distinctive voice and music of South London’s Coby Sey with a debut volley of cranky textured and sluggish ruggish solo cuts following his low key collaborations with the likes of Micachu, Tirzah and Klein (he’s credited on the Only LP) over the last few years.
Blunted and oblique but riddled with direct, gritty grooves, Whities 010 reveals Coby as an artist who dares to not so much go against the grain, but traverse it in his own way in search of a sound he can call his own.
In a sense, he’s effectively, understandably arrived at similar conclusions to his aforementioned collaborators, Micachu, Tirzah and Klein; realising an urge to twist the templates of hip hop, soul, jazz and ambient musics into something more personal, dreamlike, and relevant to him and his peers more than anyone else.
At the top, Active (Peak) drops in with a eviscerated take on UK Hip Hop, burying introspective vocals at the centre of arid, ghosted drums and establishing an aesthetic that runs thru the EP, again framing his languid, multitracked delivery in All Change with inverted dub groove and empty belly tones, before Vestry dips on a one-leg-shorter-than-other shuffle and Seeds (Our Cells Meet) explore avant, jazz-wise dimensions as close as we’ve heard to the vibes on Klein’s amazing Only album, which brings us full circle to Ticket, the first track he started recording way back in 2008, and a captivating example of his melancholy, grungy London beatdown style.
RIYL Micachu, Funkineven, Brassfoot