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Review /\ Shanti Celeste & Funkineven – SSS

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Last month Bristol’s Shanti Celeste dropped her latest EP offering SSS on Apron Records, as a collaborative project with London mate Stevie aka Funkineven.

In September Shanti Celeste released the Alma EP which alongside receiving a tip of the hat from critics, also paved the way to her latest offering SSS (in collaboration with Funkineven), which follows a similar vein of chopsy 90’s Detroit house, with a mature nuance.

SSS welcomes us in with gliding synth structures that playfully lap over Shanti’s trademark 808 framework. The twinkling high frequencies pleasantly dance with a lush pad that compliments a thwarting stab baseline.

The ’90’s Cut’ version of SSS utilises heavy LFO modulation and a gliding attack automation on a Juno-esque lead synth. This versions feels a lot more jazzier with a slap-bass style baseline and an overall architecture that feels like it could be playing from a Namco arcade machine in a Japanese Suki bar.

It’s a strong outing from Shanti Celeste and Funkineven. Perhaps more of a lounging record than a floor filler, yet that isn’t to say we can’t expect to see this one nestled away in a well informed selectors record box.


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