EXUM - Xardinal Coffee
Xardinal Coffee is a debut album that is a strikingly contemporary record of hyper-charged hip hop, rich textures, idiosyncratic grooves, electronic-tinged wonky R&B, surreal alt-pop and 80's dream-funk. It’s an album that feels intricate and busy but also manages to retain a sense of space and looseness, allowing hypnotic rhythms to unfurl with grace.
EXUM, aka Antone Chavez Exum Jr. credits the 'genius' of his two producers, Erik Samkopf and Dex Barstad, who he works closely with. "Sam and I don’t really like doing anything that doesn’t have an ückean effect. We’re not from here you know, we’re just getting adjusted", says EXUM of the album’s eclectic sonic palate. "We love to push the envelope on what is considered quirky, but try not to think about it too much. If me and another are walking down a street, who's going to be first to try something spectacular? Them. My walk will speak."
However, any sense of weirdness is also married with an infectious and accessible quality. Tracks such as 'Arrest the Dancer' comes alive with an irresistible funk strut, almost recalling Prince in the swaggering bounce of it. On top of this, EXUM’s vocals offer versatility and flexibility, moving from caramel smooth croons to tight rap flows and to enthusiastic bursts of singing. A love of words is clear in EXUM’s delivery, with them being carefully placed and sequenced amidst the ambitious soundscapes of the record. "Writing is precious to me," he says. "The vulnerability to bleed on paper. While playing with words, styling the same outfit for the 7th day in a row."
Initially EXUM looked up producer Erik Samkopf to work with when he’d had a temporary falling out with his previous producer Barstad. In love with Samkopf’s work with Pen Gutt, EXUM took a punt and flew from his hometown of Richmond, Virginia to Oslo, Norway to work with him. As EXUM and Barstad patched things up, EXUM and Samkopf were building chemistry, creating something truly unique. "Dex and Sam never cease to amaze me", he says. "They’re versed and creative beyond measure, they both have an immense amount of musicality, and most of all, their love for music is sweaty."
Sage The Room
Dark Kept Secret
Bad Chick Bad Dude
Just Me and The Bottle
The Brotherhood of The Traveling Raf
Arrest The Dancer
Wolves Eat Wolves
Muffin Years in Lydian
- Limited pressing on ücke yellow colour vinyl
- Contains download coupon
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