Record Label: Ghostly International
Punky noise, woozy hip-hop and oddball electronics are throwing a rager and it’s a colorful one. Such is the basis for new Ghostly signee Psymun’s Rainbow Party EP, a three-track foray into the far reaches of Hip-Hop from the Minnesotan music-maker. As part of the acclaimed Thestand4rd project (including fellow Minnesotans Corbin (aka Spooky Black), Bobby Raps and Allan Kingdom) as well as solo work on the Pink Label - Psymun returns with a sonic statement that’s as emotive and adventurous as the impressive as the work he's supplied his crew with.
EP opener “Glitch Tundra” features frequent collaborator Chester Watson dropping in over a sweeping, ominous beat, all fog and chilly echo. Stretching out over seven minutes, an ominous vocal sweeps overhead while synths stagger upwards and dip beneath before a psychedelic, rowdy turn rips deep into the project’s heart.
The rest of Rainbow Party doubles-down on the project’s noise influence. Borne out of a prompt from Ryan Olson of fellow Minneapolis outfit Poliça, Psymun endeavored to make a set of music entirely at 55 bpm, and two of his experiments evolved into the finished tracks included here.
“I Need My Boy,” in a departure from some of his prior production work, relies almost entirely on an arsenal of hardware to thump and wail; a voltaic and warm sonic quality which Psymun says even he finds hard to emulate without his newly acquired synthesizers.
“Confetti” also makes use of analogue equipment, but works within a palette that may be more familiar to the producer’s fans: jangly percussion and aquatic melody intertwine for a slow-burning but dynamic exercise in leftfield beatmaking. As the track draws to a close, vocalist K.Raydiodrops in for a phantasmagoric few bars before the noisy cannon blows once more. It’s an aptly titled closer, streamers drifting from above as the festivities come to an end: a party to be remembered in technicolor.
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