airbird & napolian Mr. Foolish (LP, £15.95)label: Cascine
Airbird & Napolian comprises producers Joel Ford and Ian Evans, each established artists in their own right, who have combined forces. The producers met while working on Napolian's Rejoice EP (Software) and an easy chemistry took shape. 2013 single “In The Zone” was the first official product of their collaboration, which launched to an intensely positive reception by listeners and journalists worldwide. From there, Cascine commissioned an album, and two years later Mr. Foolish was born. The debut Airbird & Napolian LP is inspired by west coast dreams and east coast nightmares. These worlds meld to create a surprisingly accessible blend of American House, Cosmic Funk and Hip Hop. The producers' disparate environments are uniquely present in the material: New York sensibilities shine through in Joel's melodic bass lines, astral vocals and idiosyncratic song construction, while Ian, born and bred in LA, delivers consistently cool and heavy beatscapes, surrounded by psychedelic ambience and hard focus. “’In the Zone’ follows a decidedly linear trajectory with its sultry robo-groove – its glittering ascent into the clouds is earnestly exhilarating.” Pitchfork. “it's the exact groggy disco jammer you'd expect from these two: mind-numbing, lush, and blissfully synthetic.” FADER. “like Daft Punk’s High Fidelity gone through the grinder five times over.” DUMMY.
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