Best Of Both Worlds EP
Black Catalogue Records
TBR: 11th November
In Cologne we find a diversely competent and musically enchanting artist. Zandile Mkwanazi otherwise known as Sandilé is setting sail for electro-dub land with her British scene inspired garage and deep bass manoeuvres. Already known for her highly flammable DJ prowess and a backlist of material across several reputable labels including Future Shock Musik, Boutade Musique, Like Records, and I'm In Love, this new edition takes home the shopping with everything on the list.
It begins with a house style drum riff that beats with a catchy hat garnished pulse. Snare then joins with a deep resonance to it that draws us in. A unique perspective then filters through as synthesiser wafts in through slightly opened curtains. Neat passages of cool air whisk past in melancholy yet optimistic gusts. A new franticness then builds as lyrics find a home in the groovy pace. Funky frills dance on the keyboard as spinning dancers spring into loops held high. MJ Flip takes hold straight away and lets us know this EP is one to put in the favourites pile.
First Of May begins with a mulled piano and strum that wrap neatly around skeletal drums that rattle with the moving bars. Gradual additions ramp up the percussion like gently opening crocuses on neatly cut lawns. Synthesiser slowly flows into the loop as piano notes begin to spell a storyline melody. We're taken in as jazz style formations bounce from electronic walls. Smooth waves of warming water lap as the relaxing bluesy composition mingles with funky side-effects and deft puppeteering of flow.
The next number begins the the track's title being repeated in a loop. Another voice adds a bassy version of the same phrase, One Time. Drums frame the track and as it progresses someone turns down the gas to let the music simmer. Mellow chords strike a poignant melody into the flow before new drumming adds an effervescent sensation to the feeling. Various experiments are conducted along the line of the vocal while the composition unfolds like a paper aeroplane containing a concealed message. More evocative rhythms merge with funky groove as the music evolves through motions of powerful potential.
A quicker pace is presented, simple two step drumming soon flourishes with cymbals that drench the minimality. A drum-roll follows which brings with it a fanciful synthesiser strike that echoes into warm and cosy rooms. Snug melody craves bass and as we listen it gradually finds a timing to suit. Periodic whirls of undercurrent break open the persistent and hypnotising rhythms. The notes of the keyboard shift over to form a whirlpool of liquid intention that carries us slightly faster through the rapidly building stream.
A funky rattling drum-kit starts up the final offering. A jazz inspired progression builds with vocals and quick and characterful drums. Smooth chords then chime out a delicate and swish melody that breezes and mellows. Brought up close, the lyrics invite us into a conversation. Just Like U and Me rumbles along nicely with warming tones and breakbeats that keep everything up in the air.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.