After the Afterparty

A good downtempo record really shows its merit in its replay value. While atmospheric glitches, samples and midi can wow on first listen, it's much rarer that the same record can still be fresh and captivating after dozens of repeats. With Flying Lotus playing mentor, Teebs' solo debut Ardour released last October is a textural digital landscape that ebbs and flows over the course of eighteen tracks – all both unique and continuous.

It's as much jazz as it is hip-hop, albeit a scrutinized and singular take on the former. Woodwinds and strings define the album's opener “You've Changed” and remain central to the album's sound, as does reverb-laden piano. A wide range of sounds are orchestrated into one body of work. The dynamic pounding bass in “Moments” pushes air through cascading piano trills.

Everything is directed to move together by Teebs as master behind his bliss-injected walls of sound. The man stretches instants of time by simply alternating duplet and triplet bass hits under his abstract electronic haze. You'll get lost in the electronic L.A. cocktail, adorned with art by Teebs himself.