EVERYTHING IS RECORDED
CLOSE BUT NOT QUITE
a captivating snapshot of experimental collaborations that marries sampha with Curtis mayfield, giggs with gil scott-heron and Obongjayar with the genius of warren ellis – a fascinating and refreshing listen.
this collaborative artist project from record producer and XL Recordings head Richard Russell is a soundsystem influenced mix of brand new talent and established names, featuring an eclectic host of artists. its opener ‘Close But Not Quite’ marries Sampha and Curtis Mayfield, the former’s distinctive vocal wrapped around a sample of Mayfield’s 1970 ‘The Makings Of You’. ‘Early This Morning’ links Peckham and Harlem, with Giggs delivering trademark hard bars over a recontextualisation of Gil Scott-Heron’s 2010 ‘Me and the Devil’ (also produced by Russell). ‘Washed Up On The Shore’ introduces Nigerian-born, UK-based newcomer Obongjayar alongside drones from the legendary Nick Cave collaborator Warren Ellis.
- Close But Not Quite feat. Sampha
- Early This Morning feat. Giggs
- Washed Up The Shore feat. Obongjayar and Warren Ellis
- D’elusion feat. Infinite, Mela Murder and Green Gartside
- The Rhythm Of Life And Death