10 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mtendere Mandowa takes on the “less is more” ethos with his second album released under the Teebs moniker. Where his 2010 debut, Ardour, boasted 18 tracks of near-bliss, 2011’s Collections 01 offers 10 tracks playing totaling just less than 30 minutes. A lonesome tambourine ushers in the opening “Just the Yellow Bits”—a gauzy, keyboard-painted piece punctuated with organic percussion and sublime bass that all come together to remind us that Mandowa was a visual artist before releasing music. “Cook, Clean, Pay the Rent (New House Version)” is a brighter work that blends in cocktail-friendly lounge moods over what sounds like samples of androgynous moaning. “Pretty Polly” is a grayer, rainy-day number that strips it all down to demure female vocals cooing over scratchy looped beats that approximate a heartbeat. At four minutes and 24 seconds, “Verbena Tea with Rebekah Raff” is the album's longest composition. Painting soundscapes with a contrast of harp strings and droning synthesizers, it’s also the most arresting and innovative song here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mtendere Mandowa takes on the “less is more” ethos with his second album released under the Teebs moniker. Where his 2010 debut, Ardour, boasted 18 tracks of near-bliss, 2011’s Collections 01 offers 10 tracks playing totaling just less than 30 minutes. A lonesome tambourine ushers in the opening “Just the Yellow Bits”—a gauzy, keyboard-painted piece punctuated with organic percussion and sublime bass that all come together to remind us that Mandowa was a visual artist before releasing music. “Cook, Clean, Pay the Rent (New House Version)” is a brighter work that blends in cocktail-friendly lounge moods over what sounds like samples of androgynous moaning. “Pretty Polly” is a grayer, rainy-day number that strips it all down to demure female vocals cooing over scratchy looped beats that approximate a heartbeat. At four minutes and 24 seconds, “Verbena Tea with Rebekah Raff” is the album's longest composition. Painting soundscapes with a contrast of harp strings and droning synthesizers, it’s also the most arresting and innovative song here.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

renaitunes ,

Ethereal.

This is more than music. It can help shape lives.

Dakota River ,

Teebs

Beautiful Music to my Soul.

Amnesiac91 ,

Another knock-out from Teebs

One of the best up-and-coming artists off the Brainfeeder label releases a mini-album to accompany last year's excellent Ardour. If you are a fan of beat music filled with plenty of aural textures, then this is for you. Teebs uses his samples like a canvas, expressing various emotions and ideas like no other. Do yourself a favor and download this already!!!

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