Album Review: Samiyam - 'Sam Baker's Album'

Psychedelic minimalism and low-riding funk

Samiyam’s debut, ‘Rap Beats Vol 1’, was a churning compilation of instrumental hip-hop sketches that sounded like it was downloaded from a wired brain after severe Dilla burnout. Yet, like sometime collaborator Flying Lotus, Samiyam has a knack for re-arranging a dissonant tangle of ideas into a psychedelic odyssey.

Jagged, low-riding funk reminiscent of Hudson Mohawke (‘Bedtime’) meets samples of cats (‘Kitties’) while eight-bit flourishes trigger flushes of Hyperdub-styled weirdness throughout. It’s the unflashy moments that really linger, though, with ‘Taco Delay’’s measured minimalism providing some grounding to an otherwise heady trip.

Louise Brailey

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6 / 10

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