Colloboh: Entity Relation EP (Leaving Records, 2021)

October 19, 2021 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Colloboh: Entity Relation EP

Collins Oboh is a Nigerian-born producer living in Baltimore, and this is his debut EP. His music is a highly danceable form of IDM, with soft yet pointy modular synth melodies shooting off and emitting bright lights. There’s calming deep house pads setting the mood but the beats are way more heavily detailed than most house. It’s always joyous and energetic, very well composed but also incredibly fun and positive. “Turning&” recycles a familiar Erykah Badu vocal that’s already been sampled to death, but it sounds so fresh you might not recognize it at first. “RPM+” is a feast of bouncy, boinky tones, so gleeful you might overlook how intricate it is. “one2MANY” is a slower, more tropical sway that spills into drum’n’bass, with beats splashing out like a spray of tiny drops. “Reasons” is an Afrofuturist pop song, with heavily roboticized vocals pleading “give me plenty love” over dubby, sometimes frizzy house beats. What an attention-grabber this EP is! Very much looking forward to more from this artist.

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