Teebs is California-based electronic producer and visual artist Mtendere Mandowa, signed to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label since 2010. You can go ahead and judge a book by its cover; Teebs’ music is indeed as gorgeous and bizarre as his paintings (sneak peak his “ANTE VOS” project http://vimeo.com/87254306 and other art http://vimeo.com/31834942). With roots in experimental hip hop, Teebs offers a sound that is at once eclectic, spasmodic, peaceful and lovelorn. He’s a musical kaleidoscope of hallucinogens, with blends of weightless, organic samples corkscrewed, flipped upside-down and turned inside-out into an immersive, warm array of polished soundscapes.
I’m still working my way through his catalog, but thus far I’m thoroughly enjoying his 2 LPs “Ardour” and this year’s “E S T A R A”, as well as the interim compilation “Collections 01”. Teebs also has 3 collaborative EPs with electronic artists Jackhigh, Daedelus and Prefuse 73, as well as some sensational remixes of Nosaj Thing’s “Caves” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqN-9O8TfOQ) and Hundred Waters’ “Boreal” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mTplC-puyA), to name a few.
Favourite track: Double Fifths (free download at http://pitchfork.com/forkcast/14964-double-fifths/)… I’m picturing a spell-bound virtuoso dangling head-first and pulling peacefully at a techicoloured harp.