Theories Of Evolution

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Last year’s ‘Rubies’ EP from Lord RAJA that was put out for free download via Detroit based music hub Ghostly International was described as ‘lush and beautiful throughout, creating a sound that’s immersive and distinctive’; and the beat-centric, sample heavy, low-fi hip hop proved to be one of the more interesting releases in the genre of recent times. It would always be intriguing to see where the New York beat maker, also known as Chester Raj Anand, would take things on his Ghostly released debut album ‘A Constant Moth’, and the simple answer is into another universe altogether. Described by the label as ‘a strange, sometimes perilous alternate dimension with beauty and decay in equal measure’ the twelve tracks morph classic hip-hop beats into a wide range of heavily experimental sounds from low-resolution ambient compositions, to distorted vintage IDM, and busted juke and footwork rhythms. It does, however, feel a little light on the quantity, but there are enough well executed ideas within its thirty plus minutes that mark out Anand as someone to look out for.

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