Afterlife – Mahalo EP – Subatomic

Mahalo sounds like the party has already started. Dancing with crazy pleasure, lost in a tomorrow of future Jazz incantations, sharp beats and smooth chords talking up soulful yesterday’s while notes melt together celebrating. The title track from this latest collection is, and I seem to be repeating the words again, one of his finest to date exploring uncharted combinations of fizzy electronics with a hot Latin percussive pulse, there seems to be something new at play here, like a spring in the step. Sundrops feels more like Afterlife at home reclining in the sunshine of our days with cool grooves driven by the joyous rhythms of excess alongside the rapture of fizzy keys. The standalone Liberty Cap follows plugged into somewhere else entirely with broken drums fixing a hole where your mind might wonder through an escape of cosmic keys and moody 1980’s cinematic synthesizers accompanied by the flickering haunt of nostalgia. To end, Morning Dub visits another favourite territory for the artist as the shuffle of Jamaica meanders off into the distance of sunny uplands grasping a positive charge of depth, soul and echo. Excellent.


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