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REVIEW: Midnight Cowboy - Instant Graham

‘Midnight Cowboy’ weaves together strands of UK Funky, IDM, and Grime to create a unique take on contemporary percussive club music. Informed by DIY black music cultures such as Dancehall and Techno, Instant Graham pays homage by sampling genre related vocals, percussion and found sounds.

The EP places the listener as the ‘Midnight Cowboy’, an absurd avatar experiencing a series of spaces designed to create disorientation, introspection, and catharsis. A palette of fidgety sound design and blunt-edged samples stretches over a series of rhythms that run from blocky syncopated grooves to tension-and-release landscapes.

Marking a pivotal moment in the project, Instant Graham solidifies its place within the dance music arena. The result is an EP: ‘Midnight Cowboy’, as experimental as it is intense and addictive, which takes over oneself like sweet poison, while progressively transporting us, as few producers with a certain fluidity are willing to do. We do not know what the future holds, but we do know that this record is testimony to a turbulent and uncertain present, which will remain in our memory forever. For records like this, we can continue to fight for a better future.

A whole lesson, a way of understanding not only music, but culture, beyond the precariousness that currently prevails, as something expendable, as if music, books or art did not save us. Forget for a moment about this magmatic present, close your eyes and let yourself be carried away by each of the notes that Instant Graham proposes to you.


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