Hailing from San Francisco's Bay Area, The Seshen, are set to expand on their cult status with this, Flames & Figure, their much anticipated sophomore long player. Combining synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion and a deep soulfulness the band are complimented by star-in-the making frontwoman Lalin St. Juste's lyrical stream of consciousness. Featuring 13 tracks, the record is a grower that will attract an even bigger audience with the iconic video for the eponymous future-soul title track. So then, Flames & Figures, a significant step forward for a significant band.
You might recall Flowdan from his recent album, Distaster Piece, but the man's style and swagger has probably been imprinted in your subconscious thanks to his part in the infamous Roll Deep cartel. The man was one of the group's long-term vocalists but, over the last few years, he's been concentrating on his own productions. This extended EP focusses on his "Grime" tune, a dancehall-flavoured gunshot riddim with plenty of aggy vocals and blaring percussion shots, but you also get an original mix of the deep and murky "Groundhog Day", a lo-fi tune with the Animai's vocals sounding more like street poetry than grime. There's a sinister remix of "Horror Show Style" from Shades, a proper bass attack that brings us back to circa '03, followed by a more tribalistic version from Telemachus. Cop it and you also get a selection of instrumental mixes, along with some juicy acappellas - hold tight!