Sev Seveer – Smithereens lp – Beats Of All-Nations

BOAN004Recommended if you like Prefuse 73, Seekersinternational, All City, J-Dilla…

This remarkable Chicago beatsmith has been honing his craft through spontaneous and inventive livesets over the past few years. After appearing on a variety of compilations, he strikes out on his own here with a concept album solo debut for the California-based Beats Of All-Nations imprint. You can read more about the theoretical aspects of the release on the label site, and in the extensive liner notes provided with the record.

A regular contributor to the Push Beats collective, Sev Seveer has polished his productions to the point that the album comes off as fluid as a beat tape or live session, yet at the same time it voraciously absorbs a wide variety of styles and influences. Televised Chocolate has a warped cosmic feel but then flows easily into the old-school boom-bap flavour of Seuratcha Sauce. Megiapa contributes on the standout CSG x CSG, a catchy R&B-tinged earworm and standout on the release. Flaunting even more stylistic range, CirkusWerkus fakes left and jukes right: after starting with a sauntering groove, it unexpectedly switches up to a double-time footwork reconstruction.

The splashy, colourful artwork thoughtfully matches the colourful sounds; this album is essential listening for those who want to dig a deeper into Chicago artistry beyond its reputation for house music.

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