elec­tronic/ world

A Man with No Past Orig­i­nat­ing the Fu­ture Osun­lade Yoruba Records/ ITH ★★★★✩

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Tim McNa­mara

FOR a man syn­ony­mous with African rhythms and the per­cus­sive, soul­ful, house-based grooves of his Yoruba Records imprint, Osun­lade’s lat­est al­bum is a de­par­ture from the dance floor. A Man

with No Past Orig­i­nat­ing the Fu­ture leaves be­hind the dark, club-based of­fer­ings show­cased on 2011’s raw, tribal-in­fused Py­rog­ra­phy. In­stead, the Amer­i­can-born, Greece-based DJ-pro­ducer has chan­nelled an en­dur­ing love for am­bi­ent mu­sic to pro­duce an al­bum steeped in jazz, soul, down-- tempo and even hip-hop in­flu­ences, un­der­pinned by sub­tle elec­tronic tweaks and trade­mark per­cus­sion. An ini­tial vinyl re­lease and sub­se­quent re-press sold out, which led to pow­er­house Bri­tish imprint De­fected link­ing with Yoruba for a full re­lease through the for­mer’s ITH sub-label. This is a real grower, full of laid-back of­fer­ings that, when matched with some fan­tas­tic and var­ied in­stru­men­ta­tion and ex­cel­lent song writ­ing, make for a pow­er­ful foray into am­bi­ent elec­tron­ica.

Realm of Dif­fer­ence is a dreamy opener, match­ing a slowly build­ing sound­scape against soft bass and chirp­ing birds and wildlife. Eclipse goes right into jazz ter­ri­tory, a mish­mash of horns and gui­tar. On Hu­man Be­ings, Osun­lade’s me­chan­i­cally ma­nip­u­lated vo­cal melds with acous­tic gui­tar, bass and per­cus­sion, a sum­mer groove to be savoured. Osun­lade’s al­bum feels like sum­mer. It’s warm, worldly, bal­anced, beau­ti­ful.

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