via 22a: Since it’s inception in 2013, 22a has continued to showcase emerging, underground UK talent.
Having initially focused their output around a core group of south London producers – such as Mo Kolours, Al Dobson Jr and founder Tenderlonious – the label has now reached beyond the Channel for its latest release.
Following hot on the heels of Tenderlonious’s “On Flute” mini album, 22a introduces us to a new extended family member, Neue Grafik. Located in Paris, Neue Grafik represents a generation of artists at the forefront of electronic music. Routing his influences in a heavy ’70s feel, his latest EP “Soul Conspiracy” invites the listener to explore a fusion of live and programmed electronic music. Grafik makes good use of live instrumentation on this EP, featuring plenty of Fender Rhodes and lead synth, as well as a sprinkling of live drums and a strong guest vocal from the soulful likes of Wayne Snow. Tunes like Modern Man and Thanos Interlude adopt an inspired broken beat approach, reminiscent of early Bugz productions, whilst the title track Soul Conspiracy has a distinct 22a quality, fusing classic house beats with a lo-fi boogie feel.
The EP is a statement to 22a’s continued effort to re-define musical boundaries and will be a fine addition to an ever growing catalogue of great music!
Words by Rodriguez Guido
“Soul Conspiracy” officially releases April 28, 2017 on 22a.