• trabajo / madrugapha – split – no kings

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    Straight outta Ridgewood, Queens comes this futuristic world music outfit (on side A) TJ Richards and Yuchen Lin as Trabajo – sampling the sounds of gamelan music and weaving it into their brand of synthy dance meditation. Effervescent keyboard riffs float above traditional drums and sub-bass pulses caked in delay during slowly unfolding passages reminiscent of 80s anime soundtracks. Trabajo is a sensation to see live, and these slower tracks belong in the candle-lit prayer room as offerings, before they go play some basement banger. More meditation waves are offered up on side B, where Buenos Aires’ Madrugapha spins lo-fi mellow psychedelia with delayed mbira, loops, fuzzed-out guitar, keyboards, and damaged vocals, following in the floating footsteps of Sparkling Wide Pressure. Edition of 100 pro-dubbed, imprinted tapes with risograph art on assorted paper, inspired by bejeweled saints buried in the catacombs of Europe.