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Jump Into The Hyperloop With rbchmbrs’s ’90s Jungle-Inspired “Estrella”

The frantic track carries U.K. influences and is from his upcoming Estrella EP, out November 7 from D.C. label 1432 R.

By Anzhe Zhang

As an avid Adult Swim fan, one of my favorite things about the late-night television block is the smooth electronic and instrumental hip-hop music that characterizes their commercial bumps. Something about the juxtaposition of an icy hip-hop beat and 1 a.m. cartoons feels very comforting. On rbchmbrs’s “Estrella,” the Queens-based artist takes me to a similar space, beginning the track with an ambient wash that slowly unveils a rapid beat. Throughout, a meticulous calibration of samples and sounds engineered to snap just right reveal the artist’s appreciation for the textures of ’90s U.K. dance music.

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Ethiopian Records Spins A Spell-Binding Origin Story On “Hetebet”

A promising producer performs sonic alchemy in Ethiopia’s capital city.

By Juliet Liu

Equipped with his PC, a copy of Ableton, and a wealth of cultural and personal experiences from his life in Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Records—the recording name of producer Endeguena Mulu—is staking a claim in the city’s burgeoning electronic scene. Mulu’s sound, which he calls “Ethiopiyawi Electronic,” lives in the interstitial space between UK garage, Ethiopian folk, and field recordings.

“Hetebet,” a cut off Ethiopian Records’s forthcoming Ben Engelf Lebe (In My Sleep) EP, has Mulu showing off his chops with a story of birth and one’s origins. “Hetebet” means umbilical cord in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. The practice of burying a newborn’s umbilical cord is common in Ethiopia, as well as many other cultures across the globe: “We say, ‘Take me back to where my hetebet is buried,'” Mulu told The FADER, “meaning, ‘to the motherland.'” 

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