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Released: 12.06.20







For those in the know, it’ll come as no surprise that Naeem‘s long-gestated solo debut bristles with restless eclecticism. Having spent much of the last decade knocking about with a bevy of genre-bending stalwarts (Justin Vernon and The Avalanches, to name but two), the LA-based artist – formerly Spank Rock, real name Naeem Juwan – proves expectedly adept at collagic alchemy.

Startisha’s capricious yet eurythmic palette is at once familiar and uncanny, revealing the sheer depth of its author’s brio as it deftly flits from woozy gospel trap (Simulation) to propulsive house-tinged vibes (Woo Woo Woo) and wistful balladeering (Right Here). This rivetingly exuberant polymorphism is, unequivocally speaking, Juwan’s X-factor – put simply, he’s about as easy to pin down as a greased piglet.


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