Date: 10th February 2017
Sango – North:
It may seem odd that we post an LP released over 3 years ago as our first feature in the series. However, if you follow this blog previously you will be aware of our affinity for ‘The Sound of Tomorrow”. I believe no project perfectly illustrates whatever Soulection mean by that moniker than Sango’s North. The Michigan based producer is a cult hero amongst the underground beatmaker scene and this was his first official LP on his rise to deserved acclaim (The first of the ‘Da Rocinha’ series wasn’t an official release).
Soulection LP Profile
Sango’s North brings forth a new sound, one that pulls from soul, rnb, future bass, hip hop and broken beat fusing them together with seamless vocals chops and grooves. North features collaborations from a diverse group of artists like Australia’s Ta-ku, cinematic downtempo producer Atu, nu-soul singer JMSN, story-telling rapper WALDO, newcomer vocalist Brea and Dpat who produced ‘Remember You’ for Wiz Khalifa and The Weeknd.
Following major worldwide support for his refixes, EP’s and beat tapes from the likes of Brownswood’s Gilles Peterson, KCRW’s Aaron Byrd, and Noisey (VICE) to name a few, Sango is poised to elevate the definition of what “future” music is.
10+ casual releases later, North combines the best of Sango over the last few years into one seamless musical journey. North is a love story of two people, on a journey, who find better things in themselves when they are with each other. North in Hebrew as noted visually in the album art [that Sango designed himself], representing a sense of “heaven” or “glory” are symbolic to Sango, as he sees everything he does an artist for the greater glory, the greater good, as something bigger than himself.
Duplion LP Profile:
Sango has proved time and again that he is a versatile producer, whom you can’t quite pin a genre. Most impressive is his ability to blend different sounds at various tempos, pushing the boundaries of electronic beat making. His tracks feature some nuanced, distinct detail that make his music immediately recognisable to the listener.
On the song Wake Up, Soul with Isles & Dpat, the song features a soothing background melodic sample akin to something you might hear from Bon Iver’s self titled album, with the rest of the layers draped in subtle piano and a hollow 808 kick drum. Midway through the forever brilliant Atu makes an appearance on my personal favourite, Hold You. The piano on this is quite possibly the most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard, whilst the sample vocals blend in with the drums and hi hats perfectly.
Two of my favourite songs on the LP feature Atu & Dpat, producer extraordinaire of recently formed Sonder. And Sango’s description of their collaborating process offers an insight into why these are such stand-out tracks. In an interview with the Artistic Manifesto in the lead up to this album Sango states ““Dpat [and I], we already have a song on his project, In Bloom, that he released with Soulection as well. With Atu I had a collab on his past album Pictures On Silence and now I have a collab with both on mine. Some collabs are kind of forced, but none were forced on my album. I do have collabs from the past that have felt a bit forced; it still results in good music but it didn’t feel as natural as these on North.”
North is an impressive example of experimental R&B, and arguably Sango’s best work to date. You can listen to the LP below.
Favourite Songs: Wake Up, Soul (Feat. Isles & Dpat)and Hold (Feat. Atu)
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