Akere - Blue Sphinx (LP)
With their debut album, Blue Sphinx, the trio of singer Sarah Sulai, Hans Hustle, producer and guitarist, and drum pad enthusiast Manu L One takes the listener on a journey somewhere, though exactly where is hard to tell. Maybe it's somewhere between worlds; a parallel dimension between hip hop and jazz, glitch drums and gentle harmonies, between groaning synthesizers and warm guitar riffs; somewhere between narrowness and infinite space.
Inspired by artists such as Flying Lotus and Portishead, Akere experiments and creates music that lands far away from any stereotype. The group does not force a mix of existing genres. Instead, the resulting sound feels natural and effortless. Akere makes the music they want to make, or they have to make, or simply, that they make.