This album is intoxicating, disorienting, intriguing in that same delicious/overwhelming way that travel somewhere totally fresh makes me feel. Listen and be taken around in the slow, thumping whirlwind. So good.
Please note this is a preorder and will be shipped out of 4th June Release date.
Loraine James comes with her second album for Hyperdub, made in the summer of 2020. Reflection is a turbulent expression of inner-space, laid out in unflinching honesty, that offers gentle empathy and bitter-sweet hope.
2020 was tough for Loraine; unable to tour and build on the success of For You And I, Loraine was prolific in the studio, self releasing, plus releasing the well received stepping-stone Nothing EP, which realised a unique pop sensibility she develops more here. Her 2020 listening habits - Drill and R&B seep through into Reflection too. In contrast to the brash splashes of For You And I and the grimey anger of Nothing, Reflection is pared down and confident, taking the listener through how the year felt as a young Black queer woman and her acolytes in a world that has suddenly stopped moving.
released June 4, 2021
Featuring vocals from Eden Samara, Baths, Le3 bLACK, Xzavier Stone, Nova, Iceboy Violet, who compliment her own diaristic lyrics.
Ever since this came across and I took a chance on its intrigue, this has been one of those albums I knew I would absolutely be owning forever. It's such a mesmerizing, cohesive piece and once the symphony steps in, it becomes utterly transcendent. It's one of the best pure pieces of music I've ever heard. I hope one day to hear a live performance, even if it's local musicians and a symphony, just to hear it in that space. giventofly87
Full support to Ilian Tape's decision to take a stand for its artists and leave Spotify. (Then again, I doubt they were making much money off of it with such an abysmal payment scheme.) Skee Mask is a master of making songs that are memorable for their complex textures rather than their melodies, and it makes for an experience that gets more enjoyable every time I revisit it. Ivan Stanton