Boomkat Product Review:
Standout, unique debut from Ethiopian artist Mikael Seifu and Washington D.C.-based label, 1432r. Twinning inspiration from traditional Ethiopian music with traces of garage, ambient electronica and knackered house, the 'Yarada Lij' EP is an indirect translation of styles delivered by a unique voice and accent. In an interview with Fact magazine, Seifu mentions influence from Zion Rebels to Endeguena Mulu, Burial and Scott Storch, and whilst we can certainly hear Burial's gloomy atmospheres, we reckon he sounds more like an exotic Andy Stott in the low-slung, percolated pound and melodic progressions of 'Dropleton', whilst the angular breaks and haunting vocal phrases of 'Drkness Iz' bears up to close comparison with the twisted torque of Gantz or El Mahdy Jr. On a much sweeter tip, the mix of ululating vocals, rolling boogie vibes and moody pads in 'Wedagn' are maybe best aligned with the scope of Djrum's epic constructions, and the titular closer touches down a sweeping, emotional statement. Ace EP this.