The second release from south London based LV on 2nd Drop, but this one is a little different, you might say more international. Basking in the afterglow of their much hyped Kwaito inspired bomb, Boomslang on Hyperdub last year, the LV trio stick the brakes on and crank up the soulful vibes for this release.
With well established roots in South Africa, a recording session at the Red Bull studios in Cape Town saw LV record a number of vocal collaborations with the honeyed-voiced Zaki Ibrahim. Zaki's Canadian and Burmese heritage not provides her with striking looks but also politically charged ammunition for her lyrics.
The third angle of this collaboration is a young band from leafy environs of Oxford. After discovering Message to Bears on YouTube trying to make more dubstep / electronic music, 2nd Drop saw the opportunity to link the disparate groups together. Explode was created, with Message to Bears providing lush piano motifs and subtle strings.
First up is the mysterious Mothy with his Implosion redux. Sounding like Mount Kimbe on Novacaine, the original is dubbed, filtered and squeezed into a cerebral paste.
DJ Rum brings more than most to his remix duties, here displacing the vocal pacing and adding luscious strings, creating something really special.
With support from King Britt, Kristan J Caryl (Resident Advisor), Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Mary Anne Hobbs (XFM) and Martyn (3024). With beautiful illustrations by Will Scobie, this is one for the long summer days ahead.
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