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Gobby : Above Ground

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Harlem drummer and bedroom producer Gobby is clearly someone with scant regard for boundaries or convention; one of the songs (“Seagate“) from his debut EP New Hat, released a few months back on the UNO NYC label, used live hi-hats, submerged jazz horns and samples of a crying cat to create his own approximation of the Chicago “Footwork” sound. On his newest release, Above Ground (available to download free for a limited time here), he continues to follow his own twisted path with a series of sketches ranging from 30 seconds to three and a half minutes that take in hardcore rave breaks played on a battered drum kit (“Stream POV”), underwater hip hop (“I Smoke & Drink”), acid-fried toytown disco (“Who Said It?”, below), Congotronic percussion (“Baliitoob”), surrealist fairground music (“Theme For Money Go Deli”) and hyperspeed Detroit techno as heard through the concrete walls of an underground bomb shelter (“Robo Kid STFU”). It’s not dance music, it’s not ambient or noise, just as it’s neither strictly electronic or organic; it’s all of the above, and all the more exciting for it.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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