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05/15/2017
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Music Reviews: Filastine, Current Swell, French For Sled Dogs and The Judys

Taking its title from the fake mental illness conjured up by a racist American physician to explain why slaves try to flee captivity makes clear that the duo of Barcelona producer Grey Filastine and Javanese singer Nova were aiming for something in the music. Specifically, to create a pairing of trippy trap with Javanese folk and other traditions to yield a truly world beat. Recording in improvised studios ranging from immigration detention cells from another era to a boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean provided the right settings. Ranging from Perbatasan, a world and era-crossing song whose orchestral folk is just slightly elevated by the electronic rhythms under it, to the fantastic looping of bamboo flute and gamelan gong with almost dubstep bass swoops on Halcyon, Drapetomania is that rare pairing of modern and traditional, urban and rural into something global.

Taking its title from the fake mental illness conjured up by a racist American physician to explain why slaves try to flee captivity makes clear that the duo of Barcelona producer Grey Filastine and Javanese singer Nova were aiming for something in the music. Specifically, to create a pairing of trippy trap with Javanese folk and other traditions to yield a truly world beat. Recording in improvised studios ranging from immigration detention cells from another era to a boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean provided the right settings. Ranging from Perbatasan, a world and era-crossing song whose orchestral folk is just slightly elevated by the electronic rhythms under it, to the fantastic looping of bamboo flute and gamelan gong with almost dubstep bass swoops on Halcyon, Drapetomania is that rare pairing of modern and traditional, urban and rural into something global.