Eki Shola: Drift (self-released, 2019)

November 24, 2019 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Eki Shola: Drift

Eki Shola follows her excellent album Possible from earlier this year with Drift, another volume of songs created for the purpose of healing, comfort, and motivation. Much of it falls somewhere in the ballpark of trip-hop and future soul, with heavy, soothing bass, dubby effects, and highly encouraging lyrics, particularly on songs like “Take It Easy” and “Ancient Cry”. “Recoverie” is the only track to acknowledge loss and feelings of grief and sorrow, but it’s all about rebuilding and never giving up hope. Shola’s cello playing elevates the opening tune “Grounding”, and adds flavor to other tracks like “No Worry” and the dubstep-like “Compass”. “True Deja Vu” is a definite highlight, with jazzy keyboard melodies adventurously playing with a backwards, non-recursive beat. “Movements” is both delicate and playful, with detailed beats which dance around carefully applied keyboard notes and bass textures. Super creative music to relax and decompress to.

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