Review: Mitchel Van Dither has been synonymous with the Kindred Spirits label up until now, an imprint that we have just so much time and respect for. He has, however, been branching out as of late, and his adventures have landed him a spot on Flying Lotus' mighty Brainfeeder. Two EP's containing tunes from Fool have already been released on the label, but the album format expresses their depth much more clearly, and with more freedom. Objectively, Fool is Brainfeeder through and through, a little work of art to fit in perfectly with the rest of this ever-surprising and always on-point catalogue. Recommended.
Black Qualls (feat Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, & Childish Gambino)
Miguel's Happy Dance (explicit)
Overseas (feat Zack Fox)
How I Feel
King Of The Hill
Fair Chance (feat Ty Dolla Sign & Lil B)
It Is What It Is (feat Pedro Martins)
Review: Thundercat's last album, 2017's "Drunk", is undeniably one of the greatest full-lengths of the past few years - a dizzyingly varied and mind-altering affair that mixed and matched styles to create thrilling new fusions of past and present sounds. He's at it again on this delayed follow-up "It Is What It Is", which was co-produced by Flying Lotus and includes an impressive cast-list of guests and collaborators (think Kamasi Washington, Ty Dolla Sign, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Lil B and Louis Cole for starters). Musically it's impossible to pigeonhole - think rubbery 80s funk meets spiritual jazz meets reggae meets hip-hop meets experimental beats meets... you get the idea - and that makes for inspiring listening. Whether it's quite as good as "Drunk" is debatable, but it's certainly superb.
Review: "Don't Let You Down" sees the combination of John Tejada and Reggie Watts work serious magic within the framework of house, techno and electronica. Combining the former's acclaimed history of West Coast US tech, with the latter's soulful, smooth and sexy approach to vocals, it's a hybrid collection of tracks that celebrates the wildly referential nature of club sounds. First effort "Renegades", for example, is a warm US house groove. Then "Little Man" takes us down an alleyway of broken sleaze, nodding to the likes of Detroit Grand Pubahs. "Tonight" reprises the hands-in-air vibes of the opener, while "138" brings in a gospel feel. These contrasts are rarely more pronounced than when we hear the jerky rhythm and spoken word of "Depth Has A Focus" next to the propellant "Another Sun".