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Andreya Triana – A Town Called Obsolete review

Ninja Tune release this effortlessly cool cut from Andreya Triana’s upcoming debut album – which drops in August –  along with a couple of tantalising extras. Already a proven soul queen, Triana is probably best known for her collaboration with Flying Lotus on the seminal “Tea Leaf Dancers”, she hooked up with Bonobo soon after. Both he and Fink worked with Triana on the album – a favour she repaid by appearing on Bonobo’s own Black Sands longplayer.

Here however she dominates with her strong yet fragile vocals flexed out over “A Town Called Obsolete”. Given a live feel thanks to some irresistibly funky drums and bass, some gentle atmospherics buff up the verses until a Afro-beat brass section bellows over the chorus. It’s mellow and soulful, but with enough grit and bite to thankfully stop it coming over as cliched.

Having just released their debut album Crooks and Lovers in the last few weeks, post-dubstep duo Mount Kimbie weigh in with a highly impressive mix of “Town Called Obsolete” which keeps Triana’s vocals largely in tact, except stretched slower and played at half-speed while the whisper quiet claps come in on a jazz-step rhythm of their own. With sparseness the order of the day, the chord progression reminds of Radiohead’s “Idiotheque” and it adds up to a hugely affecting and very bold mix – no surprise from such an impressive duo of producers. There’s also a live version which reduces the song even further – just Triana and an acoustic in fact. It really shows off the song in a whole new way, with the brass absent the chorus comes through even clearer and the intimacy of the whole recording is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Oliver Keens