☳ Grand ☳

An excellent cocktail of hip-hop and jazz elements, moving beats, filmic strings – mix that up with some smokey soul, horns and general blueness and you have ‘Grand‘ by Blue Foundation.

Grand‘ is composed of a tripnotic soundscape with darkly seductive female woven between shimmering synths, vinyl scratches, sub bass, drum & horn stabs. Sublime layers & textures create mystical lounge mood over a hip-hop beat.

The dreamy duo incorporates subtle scratching on their tracks, which adds some texture to the overall mellowness, without distracting the dreaminess throughout. It’s as if Emiliana Torrini is singing on a track produced by Tricky as a producer/back up singer – thus making ‘Grand’ a true definition of that classic 90’s Bristol sound, standard formula trip-hop.

Overall, “Blue Foundation” is an incredibly solid album about metropolitan life in the urban culture of yesterday and even today. With influences from shoegaze, hip-hop, turntablism, electronica, alternative classical music, film noir and contemporary music.

RIYL: Mew, Massive Attack, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive