Sudan Archives – Sudan Archives - 2017 Downtempo Soul 6 Trk 12 EP
Sudan Archives – Sudan Archives
Stones Throw Records – STH2390
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP
20 Oct 2017
Funk / Soul
Rhythm & Blues
A2 Come Meh Way
B2 Golden City
B3 Wake Up
Design – Jeff Jank
Engineer, Mixed By, Mastered By – Matthewdavid McQueen*
Percussion – Carlos Niño
Photography By – Robb Klassen
Producer, Performer – Sudan Archives
( pitchfork) "The Sudan Archives EP is anchored by lyricism that mashes the swagger-drenched posturing of club rap with ’90s R&B grooves and biting introspection—best demonstrated by her one-off flip of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly single “King Kunta.” The aptly titled “Queen Kunta” is a much more spare and elegant production that plays like a warning shot beamed through the atmosphere from another dimension. lead single “Come Meh Way” is equal parts devotional chant and sassy homage to bubblegum r&b hooks, the track is a deconstructed dancehall riddim driven by claps staggered to create a rhythmic onslaught wrapped up in a rotund, buzzing low end.
“Oatmeal” also helps, a track that boasts atmospheric production and lyrics that extract the beauty from the mundane; Sudan Archives wipes away the jarring feeling of morning routine with the dulcet tone of one sentence, as she sings “Wake up, if you want some oatmeal I got you.” Pizzicato and sweeping strings intersect with her words to wash over the listener, creating what might be best described as a cleansing effect.
The closing track “Wake Up” picks up where “Queen Kunta” and her 2014 cover of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” left off as a statement of unwavering confidence. She states, “I got too much swag/That’s why I ain’t got no friends/I’m too confident.” With that, Sudan Archives doubles down on the fierce independence first displayed in her approach to musicianship and conjures revolution. It’s an appropriate conclusion given that the architect of this is an emotive, lo-fi agitator poised to buck tradition and flip what you thought you knew about the violin on its head."
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