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Oth­er­worldly de­but from South African-raised singer. Show­ing her emerg­ing from a womb­like pod cov­ered in thick black goo, the video for Romy Xeno’s sin­gle Chief Of Tin was meant to show “the story of Xe­noula and how she came to Earth”. While Xeno’s ori­gins may be more con­ven­tion­ally ter­res­trial, there is some­thing be­guil­ingly oth­er­worldly about the singer’s de­but. Hav­ing grown up in ru­ral South Africa be­fore mov­ing to the UK as a teenager, the dis­com­bob­u­lat­ing ef­fects thereof in­spired the mu­sic here. Clat­ter­ing African rhythms echo be­tween gloopy elec­tron­ics and a shad­owy suck and surge of bass. There are traces of Björk and, in the child­like voice ex­plor­ing its sur­round­ings, Yoko Ono, but the fan­tas­ti­cal world Xeno cre­ates is en­tirely her own. CHRIS CATCHPOLE

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