The 22a imprint was originally founded to support underground UK talent, at first specifically concentrating on a small collective of South London producers (Mo Kolours, Tenderlonious etc). Now however, they've thrown their net wider with this, their latest release being from a Parisian artist called Neue Grafik. Soul Conspiracy features six tracks that bear heavy 70s influences (there's a lot of Fender Rhodes work on here) and explores his interest with combining live and programmed electronic instrumentation and drums. Fusing funk, boogie and leftfield house in a totally new way, we're definitely going to hear more from this talented new artist.
The free spirited sound of underground Parisian house soul; Neue Grafik, Hybu and EVANS' new label hits release three with a new homegrown concept; "Icone" is a home for the city's kindred spirits to unite and share smoky, soft-focus narratives. The woozy horns of Rafiki's "La Fourche", Monomite's somnambulant soul on "City Life", Neue Grafik's broken-drum cascades on "Moutons Electriques", Lieu Saint's subverted Jersey-scented filtered house on "Sale Paradis" and the iconic drum machine technoid stutters and oceanic washes of Mad Rey's "Travail De Porc". Each cut unrestrained and hugely versatile; Vertv are not to be diverted from.
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