February 17, 2022
Into a late night jazz bar, deep in the subconscious.
London-based rapper Goya Gumbani and producer Subculture are releasing their KRYSTIN EP on limited 12″, via The Vinyl Factory this March.
Created following the passing of Gumbani’s sister, the 7-track EP channels his grief into musical form. Gumbani’s Brooklyn-tinted delivery reflects on love, loss, and learning. Hard-won positivity is the message.
“Making this project was a therapeutic experience,” shares Gumbani. “After the passing of my sister, I felt like there were no creative bounds or limitations that I put on myself. It was a whirlwind of grief, with the loss of many things in my life. It was also an awakening, with a lot of new things happening. I went through a transition as an artist – of making tracks to making songs – and I felt like I could be a lot more experimental.”
Across KRYSTIN, Gumbani’s laconic yet punctuated flow is contrasted by soulful backing, courtesy of Tertia May and Pearl de Luna. Both have a vocal style that is a London trademark, leaning heavily into the accent, while paying homage to iconic soul voices of the past. Heavily-filtered vocal samples from Subculture reinforce the feeling that the project is a true collaboration, one that feels like a band.
Speaking about the EP Subculture shares: “I loved the world Goya had already created, his voice and his approach to music. To me, his wordplay and rhythm is a smoky jazz club. I wanted to make that 3D. Like putting gloss over something, or colour grading a movie, I wanted the music to sparkle.”
Across its hip-hop framework, Subculture weaves Coltrane-esque sax and melodic piano lines through the subtle percussion, to create a complex, unstructured feeling throughout. Subculture isn’t afraid of darker, quieter passages and moments.
It’s hip-hop with a free-form spirit – taking you out of the club and into a late night jazz bar, deep in the subconscious.
Order KRYSTIN here in advance of its 25 March release; check out the cover and tracklist below.
1. Intro Hymn
2. Angels & Fire featuring Tertia May
3. Letter To Pooh
4. Valley of Def featuring Pearl De Luna
1. Only Time Will Tell
2. The Little Reasons featuring Pearl De Luna
3. Fish Out of Water
Photo by: Harvey Williams-Fairley