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jhfly - handwarmers
Sound alchemist Declan Browne goes by his moniker jhfly. The Canberra, Australia-based producer released their most recent set of beats, handwarmers, another addition to a growing collection of chilly beats. A sundry of twitches and blips, handwarmers is a record with an organic progression. Featuring twelve vignettes (thirteen to include bonus track), tranquility set by a groggy morning gradually folds into nocturnal collages.
At the start of the record, minimally misty tracks “yellow chords” and “shakkei (feat. mt. fujitive)” gently nuzzle away the remnants of the night as daylight begins to take over. Each composition is ornately arranged, with no sample being dominate nor overpowering, allowing each to shine through on their own. Tropical influences seep their way into the record but in subtle accents (“pelican”) only with the exception of”tropical bump”, where it is in total view. Cooler flavors of hip-hop lower the mercury with strong grooves on tracks like “home” and “lost voices”.
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At times, it felt like it was appropriate to anticipate a guest vocal spot from one Archy Marshall, where the record reaches its jazzy apex. Suavely composed tracks like “calm”, “mint”, and “mars pattern” lend out deep syncopation and a selection of smooth samples.
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An incognito treat, handwarmers makes a point that earworms have no need to seek expansive hooks.
Cereal Pairing: Trix