TEEBS: AV ESTR (OUTTAKES AND REMIXES)
Hit + Run
Mtendere Mandowa—better known as Teebs—is a master at composing what has been described as beat music, but what he creates is much more than that. He’s developed a unique electronic sound, filled with delicate yet hard hitting moments so unique that in mere seconds you can recognize his work. Just a year after his 2014 breakthrough ESTARA, Teebs has decided to give fans a taste of what goes on behind the scenes with AV ESTR, a vinyl-only album of outtakes, remixes, and tracks previously available only on a limited tape release. The lightness of his previous albums is still present here, but the source material is a little more out there and so we get to see a different side to Teebs. The natural sounds, bells, chimes, crunches, delays, loops, and overall characteristic dreaminess are still present, but here they provide a much different effect. Call it night and day, with this album representing Teebs’ wondrous daydreams. Another notable difference: no guest vocals, which doesn’t hurt at all thanks to Teebs’ production skills—if anything, it strengthens the album. Picking a few standouts from the album is difficult since practically every track could be a single, but one stand out would be “Yellow Cover” with its gentle and delicate build-up of strings and tambourine that breaks through halfway and slowly but eloquently leads into the next track. Once you put on this record, you won’t take it off—until at least until the next one comes out.