Dean Blunt “Papi” / Inga Copeland & Martyn “a&e”
Hype Williams are a duo who make adventurous, wide eyed pop and R&B music. While they haven’t received widespread recognition there is a small and dedicated group (rd: music nerds) who religiously soak up all of the off-kilter material they have released both under the Hype Williams moniker and elsewhere. Judging from the first songs released by each artist to start 2013, they will be still lavished with praise from the bloggerati, but also may be ready for a bigger audience. It is evident hearing the two solo tunes why the group is so inventive and exciting when combined.
Dean Blunt has introduced us to his forthcoming LP The Redeemer, (also the name of a mixtape he released last year) with the Pink Floyd sampling “Papi.” Sounding like Bill Callahan gone R&B, “Papi” is mellow gold, a track that is understated in its intensity and crushing in its delivery. Blunt has a way of deconstructing genres down to the bone, leaving only the emotional core, and if “Papi” is any indication, The Redeemer may be his best production yet.
Blunt’s Hype Williams mate Inga Copeland has joined with Martyn to introduce a short clip of the song “a&e” from her supposedly forthcoming DON’T LOOK BACK ,THAT’S NOT WHERE YOU’RE GOING. A more electronic, dance floor ready track than Blunt’s, it is a great teaser and a song that has me excited to hear more from the LP.