San Diego based Abjonian Sanders is shining new light in all directions. (jpg)
Since we last said hello to AbJo, we’ve kept a close ear. The prolific producer has been releasing beats at an alarming rate. Even better, he’s experimenting. He’s stretching his arms, showing his flexibility, dipping his feet in different genres and seeing how it feels. Long story short, everybody wins. It’s new noise all the time.
“Stepping into Yestermorrow” is hard to define, but it’s the most hip hop-centric of these three tunes. The light, airy xylophone at the beginning of the track makes me imagine scenes from an aquatic Candy Land, somehow encouraging my arms to lift up like wings and stay there. After a few bars, a synthesizer with lots of swagger steps in and lifts me into low hanging clouds. That’s when I went hang gliding.
Sanders’ refix of Little Dragon‘s “Little Man”, titled “4:44 AM,” is a whole ‘nother universe. He adopts the UK’s r&b/house hybrid, garage, to make a dangerously swaying seduction out of Yukimi Nagano’s voice. Her vocal samples were given just enough reverb to sound like a restroom get-together, so don’t be surprised if your eyelids drop down low and you begin to uncontrollably bounce to AbJo’s signature percussion of wood knocks and hushed metallics. Plus, that goosebump synth.
AbJo’s up to something. The experimental intro to “Theta” threw me off. It may have to do with his recent slew of tunes tagged Future Sounds. The blippy beginning of the track is quickly joined by hard snapping, dry percussion and a sneering, future fonk bassline with enough attitude to carry me to the end of the joint. Again, AbJo adds just 1 more ray of light. He implants slippery, ethereal synth throughout, giving the track a smoldering, wide open atmosphere. I’m seeing visions again.
Let me get lost real quick.