With a wealth of support from the likes of Gilles Peterson and KUTMAH behind them, Belgian experimental collective Stuff. Unleash their eponymous debut album, featuring nine hip hop-influenced instrumental cuts of chopped drums and syncopated rhythms. The five-piece are a renowned live entity, known for masterfully crossing the border between broken hip hop and jazz-influenced funk. Since forming in 2012, the group have secured high-profile support-slots for the likes of D'Angelo and legendary jazz pianist Robert Glasper, in addition to recording live remixes for Jungle and Little Dragon as part of their residence at Belgium's most famous concert hall, Ancienne Belgique. Opening track and lead single "Event Horizon" (chosen by Gilles Peterson as one of his Worldwide Winners of 2015) begins with warped synths and wavy melodies before erupting into unparalleled free-form jazz. Staying true to form, the track is laced with ambient electronic womps and rhythms, a signature element of the Stuff. makeup. "Skywalker" follows suit with expanding atmospheric textures, yet has a more contemporary feel, with articulated snare hits laying the foundations. Stuff. encompasses all elements of the band's sound throughout, from the smooth jazz tones in the outro of "Sifa" and wonky hip hop of "Java" to the downtempo grooves of "Caves." An explosive live force and the first European live band to be invited to perform a Boiler Room session, this talented five-piece are truly an act not to be missed. Artwork by renowned Belgian artist Rinus van de Velde, whose fans include the designer Paul Smith. Mastered by Daddy Kev (Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Jonwayne). CD includes extra track.
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