Working on the fringes of genres, this EP assembles a no-fuss 4 AM vibe.
"Arizona" from NYC artist James Tillman, a casually intense vocalist who hits fast while enunciating slow, kicks off the EP celebrating the future with his lady: "So long to the old roads behind us." Not quite soul, not house either, this fluctuating tune reaches for mood first, achieving whimsy and defying easy categorization. You think that's vast? He cites Thundercat, Khruangbin, Drake, Byron The Aquarius, Diggs Duke and himself as his dream festival lineup, and that multiplicity is audible throughout "Arizona."
Ensemble Entendu's "Well Why Not" is another nugget of genre combo flexes. This time it hovers around a broken beat, with those oblong synthy wave oscillations working through your center. "Back To My Place," the EP's only direct 4/4 house-snare rolling arrangement, arrives four songs in, with a direct mood pulse. "Swett" by Toribio manipulates a Fender Rhodes line while it rides over tree-trunk drums and dubbed-out Bruk sway. Full of steam, Toribio pulls off that humid slice of London groove. With this assortment of producers and artists tweaking their confections and creating rapture between and outside the margins, nothing on this EP sounds tired.
Tue / 18 Aug 2020
01. James Tillman - Arizona
02. David Marston - Mercury In Retrograde feat. Jitwam & Aquiles Navarro
03. Ensemble Entendu - Well, Why Not
04. Jitwam - Back To My Place
05. Toribio - Swett
06. Tristan Arp - Reflex