‘Kwabena / Minor Jam’
Label – Audio Doughnuts
Release Date – October 8th 2012
Tuesday Born, known to his postman as Gabriel Benn, currently resides in London, enjoying a well deserved reception to his first EP, ‘Mockingbird’ (released April 2012 on The People’s Ear). Administering his roots as a jazz pianist onto a palette of Ghanaian sampled vocals and rich drum patterns, Benn comes through once more with another distinguished EP showcasing tracks ‘Kwabena’ and ‘Minor Jam’.
I have to say outright that I really rate the EP and can’t really pick out any faults! Its right up my street. Both tracks very effectively convey the ‘Afro-Electronica’ genre title they’ve been given, made even more authentic by Benn’s extended stay in Ghana, where he has evidently soaked up the varying degrees of vibrancy so often associated with African music.
‘Kwabena’, the opener, incorporates much of this vibrancy in the form of alternating vocal patches one can only imagine have come straight from the source. This melee of vocal harmonies is arranged fittingly over a crisp afro-style drum ensemble, with accompanying piano synths that sound as if plucked on an electric guitar.
‘Minor Jam’ lays down yet more, equally enticing African orientated vibes. Opening with ethereal vocals from Gabriel himself, the track progresses into a flowing, yet rigid dance piece, incorporating some noticeably alleviating keys and culminating in a nice change of pace to finish the EP.
This is a genuinely authentic release that falls perfectly into the realm of ‘dance music for home listening’…I am seriously looking forward to seeing what Tuesday Born has to offer in the future. Props.