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This album from minimalist warphop artist Req (aka Req One) is nothing if not unique. Do not expect your usual warp records quick changing synth-and-drum-machine-scapes: "Sketchbook" creates its very own sound world from the beginning. It's an organic, minimalist record full of tropical sounding drums, clicks, drones, flutes, all laid back and lazy. The structures too are very unusual for warp, tracks which hardly build or progress in a traditional sense, but stay beautifully still, shifting and rumbling as if happening in a dream.
As a whole, the album progresses concept-style from little rhythm pieces (like "I Seek", reminiscient of a your best friend's shambolic band warming… Read more