Many of the acts that featured together with Mweslee on the genre-defining Beat Dimensions Vol. 1 have gone on to receive international and cross-genre success in the four years since its release. The Vigo-based producer has similarly offered up a healthy dose of head-nod charm with cinematic boom-bap on his previous releases on Kindred Spirits offshoot Nod Navigators and All City, but has yet to receive the acclaim or attention many of his peers have soaked up in the past 12 months.
Look for that to change with Eurocarne. Flying Lotus, in anticipation of his Cosmogramma album, has talked about his drive to expose a deeper range of influences, partially in reaction to the number of impersonators skimming the surface of his original works. This widening of influence and output range seems symptomatic of an original wave of beatsmiths striving to coin their own unique sound as opposed to eating themselves into a repetitive copycat oblivion. Tropical, charming and nostalgic as much as it looks to the future; Eurocarne is a fine example of this maturation going on among similar producers.
The title track is an anthemic analog hip-hop creation which leans heavily on Gallego bagpipes for an organic blast off into a hey-ing and ho-ing ride of emotional electro-funk and drone bass. Intended as homage to a local Vigo discoteque and record labels such as Tabu and Prelude, "Nova Olimpia" takes you to the beach with robots serving coconut cocktails as the sun goes down. A robot love story of cinematic proportion follows on in "Variations Pour CX Pallas" before the 2-step of "Far Loop Era" brings you back to a world more familiar to fans of Hudson Mohawke. "Manana Calor" closes things elegantly with a pina colada of electric R&B that flirts with the purple sound currently synonymous with Bristol. Judging by these productions, Mweslee certainly deserves a greater share of the light some of his luminaries have recently been bestowed.
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Tracklist: Mweslee - Eurocarne EP 01. Eurocarne
02. Nova Olimpia
03. Variations Pour Cx Pallas
04. Far Loop Era
06. Manana Calor