on 22 October 2013
'Ilp' has been described as a freepop record, which according to Kwes means pop music with no boundaries. This record reminds me of the spirit of a lot of music which was released before pop music became an obvious formulaic thing. It's accessible yet unapologetic and free from mainstream-calculations associated with a lot of music that is classified as pop in today's world.
Take the opener 'Purplehands'. The balance of simplicity and chaos is done so masterfully. It's a record with heart, without sounding stereotypically soulful or retro. Despite being a record producer primarily, Kwes as a singer manages to make cryptic lines evoke such emotion. "Red and blue makes purple, crop circles bearing the fruits of our love". Songs 'Hives' and 'Cablecar' tightropes between pop accessibility and sound art. He has mentioned being inspired by The Beach Boys, Robert Wyatt and The Neptunes; the guy's even been compared to Eno and The Roots amongst many others. These influences are there but not in the way I expected it to be present. The many references may either seem appealing or off-putting. Regardless, this record truly is truly spellbinding and of its own planet. Definitely grab and listen to this album.