Al­bum Re­views

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Le­ices­ter might not be the first place you think of when it comes to ex­cit­ing fu­ture funk, but in the East Mid­lands city’s 23-year-old pro­ducer, Scott Xylo, there is a new ris­ing star. Fol­low­ing a string of re­leases that won crit­i­cal ac­claim last year, the wildly tal­ented Brit has been snapped up by taste-mak­ing im­print Black Acre for his de­but al­bum. Find Us When

You Get There is a won­der­fully di­verse, genre-de­fy­ing record that de­lights with ev­ery twist and turn. The highly am­bi­tious and cre­ative de­but takes us on a kalei­do­scopic jour­ney that en­cap­su­lates a heady mix of es­capism, sur­re­al­ism and Afro­fu­tur­ism. Xylo has cre­ated an un­pre­dictable sound­scape, fus­ing el­e­ments of jazz, hip-hop, soul, afrobeat, psychedelic rock, pop and funk. Yet, de­spite all its ex­per­i­men­tal­ism, the record main­tains a laid­back, groovy and low-slung vibe driven by a bristling un­der­cur­rent of African rhythms and funky drum pat­terns. En­er­getic but breezy, Xylo’s found a de­li­cious bal­ance be­tween mod­ern synth­scapes, am­bi­ent grooves and retro psychedelic funk, while chan­nelling a kind of Fela Kuti spirit. It’s an ex­pan­sive al­bum that is at once loose and trippy but lay­ered with ex­quis­ite skill; the patch­work of sam­ples and ma­chine-driven tex­tures match­ing the im­pro­vi­sa­tional feel of the many jazz in­flu­ences that in­fil­trate the record. In­no­va­tive, ad­ven­tur­ous and ut­terly inim­itable, Find Us When You Get There is in­dica­tive of this fresh and ex­cit­ing new tal­ent.

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