Whatever the case, Culoe's debut 12-inch is quite a calling card: A statement of purpose that announces a bright, super African talent to the world. "The Bright Forest" is the one that caps his recent RA podcast, a driving number that borrows the same primal scream from Ferrer & Sydenham Inc.'s "Timbuktu," adds a patient piano and strings that swell and swell and swell. It's an epic, pure and simple, and it's destined to soundtrack the end of a night near you very soon.
The secret weapon on this 12-inch is "African Subway" which is a ferocious percussion workout. I've already had the good fortune to see this played out, and—in the right hands—it works like a charm. Its title says it all: It's tribal, it's driving and it features the same sort of piano that only appears to mark time while other elements—namely the very melodic percussion flourishes—do the work.
"Super Afro," a digital exclusive splits the difference between the two and comes out the least engaging of the trio. It's a fine little track and will undoubtedly work in the warm-up hours, but it neither burns with intensity or simmers with melancholy. The vinyl does nothing but. An amazing debut.