The birdman of Brainfeeder: Teebs premieres first single off ‘Ardour’
Flying Lotus has described Teebs’ music as sounding “the way ‘Avatar’ looks.” And those familiar with the 23-year-old visual artist and musician’s canvasses would be prone to concur.
Like the Teebs-painted album cover at right, his music is a yarn ball of intense colors and peculiar crevices. His last EP was titled “Tropics,” and it boasted the spectral beauty of his artwork, with beats that bloomed with pastel color. His sound is a Gordian knot, impossible to unravel but bright as agate.
It’s a balance of the baroque with the abstract, a collision between tangled futuristic projections and everyday objects. One of his best mixes was called “2 a.m. Wine,” and it captured Teebs’ ability to project an Ambien-addled aesthetic — a gauzy, gorgeous haze ideal for the witching hours.
His first single for his Brainfeeder debut LP, “Ardour,” expands on these ideas, and illustrates why it’s one of the most anticipated records within the Los Angeles beat community. Since moving from New York several years ago, the producer-artist born Mtendere Mandowa has been one of the city’s brightest prospects, a member of the My Hollow Drum collective, a frequent Dublab guest and a Low End Theory staple. Additionally, BBC Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs included one of his tracks on her “Wild Angels” compilation.
“Ardour” is slated to be released Oct. 19th. It figures to be worth marking your calendar in advance.
— Jeff Weiss
DOWNLOAD: MP3 Teebs – “Arthur’s Birds”