From the moment the trembling keys and swirling breaks of opener "Let's Stay" hit you, you know Hector is onto something special here. A subtle hurricane of atmospheres and emotions, it's the perfect introduction to his hazy, lefthanded cosmic soul (if you haven't already become acquainted from his previous Albert's Favourites dispatches) The languid smoky blues and soothing spoken charms of And Is Phi of the title track, the alien dancehall and fizzy keys of "Bossa B", the broken steeple soul and pitched vocal warps of "Lonely Man", Hector is carving a genuinely singular sound that complements everything that's currently going on musically while pushing in a completely new way. This really does shine.
On The Corner's latest inspired curiosity is an electronic/acoustic fusion treat. The project features electronic musicians Santuri, Soundthread and OtC re-modelling acoustic recordings of Uganda's Mugwisa International Xylophone group. These tracks will see the light of day later this year; first, a trio of tracks gets given the remix treatment. First, Sam Jones delivers an undulating, Afrobeat-influenced interpretation of "Jinja Pearls", before Alejandro Mosso laces sweet, evocative, Ugandan instrumentation over rolling electronic house beats on his version of "Mazongoto Woods". Finally, Bristol-based producer Ishmael steals the show with a wobbly, skewed, off-kilter house revision of "The Munana Of Mugwisa", where fluid xylophones rub shoulders with pulsating synth bass and glassy-eyed electronic stabs.