– GUERRILLA WARFARE –
Philadelphia producer, Christopher Taylor (AKA Body Meat) is a rising star who’s making his name on the back of combining footwork-style electronica with noise elements and world music rhythms.
So it seems only fitting that Nairobi Flex – a track which combines features of all of those genres – be the track that is spearheading the interest.
Now on his seventh release (since 2016, would you believe!), what Nairobi Flex demonstrates is that Taylor has finally started to hit his comfort zone… which is just about where everyone else feels uncomfortable.
At times it sounds like a Jlin track being played by Mulatu Astatke’s backing band while Pharmakon sits in the booth, scratching the tapes.
And yet, there is a clear melodic core; an undeniable pop sensibility that carries the track through and makes it (almost) listenable to the untrained ear.
It makes for a track that is as beautifully flawed as it is perfectly fucked-up.
The album from which it comes, Truck Music is out now.
MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX
LOUIS COLE: DOING THE THINGS
KEFAYA + ELAHA SOROOR: JAMA NARENJI
UNDERWORLD: CUSTARD SPEEDTALK
P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –