Psycho Animus by Dawit Eklund

By Philip Sherburne

Washington, D.C.’s 1432 R label launched earlier this year with a record by an Ethopian artist, Mikael Seifu, that fused techno and ambient tropes with percussion and vocals from his native country. He’s back on the label’s second release with “Tuff Ruff”, an even more seamless merger of Ethiopian elements with Western club rhythms. But the record’s flipside suggests that 1432 R isn’t turning a blind eye to what’s going on in the label’s own backyard. “Psycho Animus” is the work of a Virginia-born, D.C.-based producer named Dawit Eklund, and while it’s his debut, it sure doesn’t sound like it.

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