ALBUM PREMIERE: TEEBS + CAURAL “CEIBA” EP
NYC/LA label Strange Neighbor put out the very L.A. comp Oscillations last summer, and they’re back now with a particularly neighborly new EP that pairs much-loved local producer Teebs with Chicago’s similarly visionary Caural. Teebs‘ “Mapito” is everything anybody wants-slash-needs from a Teebs song. (If it’s named after the “grow medium,” that’s very fitting.) It’s got that signature sensation of opening a door and stepping into the wild, and feeling the heat and breath of an entire world wash over you. Until someone makes a reliable teleporter, Teebs has the next best thing.
Caural‘s “Kings” (featuring Meagan Simone) is an almost too-short sketch that beams the spirit of 70s soul jazz into the tail end of the 2010s—people use “lush” constantly to describe Teebs, but “Kings” is lush in its own way, with every piece of the production practically glowing with warmth and life. Closer “Sanza Eclipse” is all “black clouds and the pale blue smile of sun to come [and] listening to Miles Davis’ Live Evil in a schizophrenic Los Angeles storm,” says Caural, and you’ll hear the storm and the clouds and the Miles instantly. It’s dark but not heavy and light but not superficial—the kind of fusion song that cycles through moods and moments like a time lapse of a night sky, which actually might be the idea.
Ceiba is available on Fri., Aug. 9, from Strange Neighbor, and comes with some serious luxurious presentation. It comes with a visual treatment by Chrome Yellow and dancer Asphodele, filmed by longtime L.A. photographer/documentarian and L.A. RECORD contributor Theo Jemison and rendered to old-school Super 8 film, then packaged with a print by Jemison and a digital copy of the EP in a film canister. Get it here, and make sure you’ve got a nice place to put it.