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TheAnswerIsInTheBeat (For Turning Jewels Into Water)
Percussionist Ravish Momin and Haitian turntablist Val Jeanty (aka Val-Inc) present a brief but potent EP of broken rhythms and lost afterlife transmissions. With eerie voices asking existentialist questions and diced up on a turntable, and heavy, unsteady beats booming on top, this sounds like the ’90s WordSound illbient scene updated for the era of footwork, Principe Discos, and Nyege Nyege Tapes. Not coincidentally, two producers from the latter label remixed the title track, although one of the mixes is digital-only. Slikback’s remix reminds me of Addison Groove’s juke/dubstep crossover tracks from nearly a decade ago. “Lights Below the Water” houses fractured earth rhythms, and “Vishwas” is an absolutely heavy bass killer, shaking right down to the foundation and responding with snapping snares and dubbed-up b-boy chants. Then it all builds up to a near panic attack before the very end. Read More…

 

BBC Leigh Patterson (for Val-Inc)
“From her Brooklyn loft, Haitian musician Val-INC. (Val Jeanty) mixes traditional drumbeats with mechanical gears, creating a funky fusion that she calls “voodoo electronica.” The music is her way of connecting with her roots and her ancestors, Jeanty says. Drawing from the voodoo religion, Val recreates the rhythm and pulse of Haiti through ancient beats. ”   Read More… 
 
Columbia Times  Vincent Harris (for Ravish Momin)
“Watching Ravish Momin play is a bewildering experience. Drums are supposed to be a non-melodic instrument, yet as he sits alone onstage playing his kit, you can hear eerie, spectral tunes emanating from somewhere. There are vocal samples and looped beats flying through the air, too, but by now the average music fan knows what a musician can do with effects and pedals to create those elements. This is something different. It’s a percussionist creating his own musical world, triggering electronic effects in a way that works them into his relentlessly propulsive playing. “  Read More…