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Track of the Day: Teebs – Holiday (ft. Jonti)

Mtendere Mandowa, who records under the moniker of Teebs, makes the type of lush, texturally…

Mtendere Mandowa, who records under the moniker of Teebs, makes the type of lush, texturally rich and languid electronic music that works like a pulsing hypnosis. A disciple of J Dilla and protégé of his Brainfeeder label boss, Flying Lotus, he gets his most immediate cues from their deconstructed takes on hip-hop beats and then he adds layers of foggy atmospherics to make his sound ethereal and humid. It is a similar sound pursued by local purveyors of brooding, trip-hop electronica, Christian Tiger School. 

On his second single from his new album, ‘Holiday’ he uses singer, Jonti’s fragile and distant voice to evoke a whimsical tropical world. All these elements could come together to make a vacuous and flimsy mess but the tactile arrangement serves to condense these fragile elements to make the vivid, yet slightly blurred world that Teebs creates over the song’s four minutes, a place you are not quite ready to leave anytime soon. 

 

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