Veyl returns and does so by presenting one of its most innovative releases to date.
‘Still III’ is a collaboration between Supreme Low (Years of Denial’s Jerome Tcherneyan) and New York-based MC, Sensational, who have been pushing the boundaries of hip hop for over 30 years. Tcherneyan first saw Sensational in France in 1999 while they met in New York in 2001. The two quickly connected and stayed in touch over the years when they finally got the chance to record material together in London in 2016.
With beats created primarily with an SP1200 (a sampler associated with the golden age of hip hop and pure techno), Fuzz/Distortion pedals and dub units like Echoes/Spring Reverb, psychedelic modulations like Chorus/Flanger/Phaser, and a modular synth, Sensational’s rhymes were totally improvised on the spot in a 3 a.m. studio session under heavy influence.
As experimental as it is intense and addictive, it takes possession of oneself, while progressively transporting us, as few producers with any degree of fluency are willing to do. We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know that this record is testimony to a turbulent and uncertain present, which will remain in our memory forever. For records like this, we can continue fighting for a better future.